Several dentists reveal the top three foods people should avoid to achieve better oral health in preparation for teeth whitening.

Are you planning to improve your teeth’s appearance through teeth whitening? If so, you might want to consider improving your oral health first. It will play a significant factor in a successful operation. Unfortunately, people aspire to achieve whiter teeth but are not making any strides to improve their oral health.

Many people tend to overlook the importance of oral health. A recent report indicates that Aussie dentists advise their fellow countrymen to ‘try harder’ when it comes to their dental health.

A new Oral Health Report card issued by the Australian Dental Association (ADA) found several data about the state of oral health in Australia.

According to the report, “only 50% of Australians brush their teeth at least twice a day. 90% have issues with tooth decay, and nearly half the population of children five years old and below are dealing with decay in their baby teeth. In addition, over 95% of people have dull, yellowish teeth.”

There are plenty of contributing factors towards poor oral health. Smoking, alcohol consumption, and high-sugar intake are a few examples. To put it into perspective, almost three-quarters of children ages ten and below are eating too much sugary food.

While sweet treats are the main culprit for oral problems, you should know that it’s not the only one that’s detrimental to oral health and teeth whitening. To help you avoid foods that are potentially harmful to your oral health, you need to be aware of the most common variants.

That’s why Dr. Peter Alldritt and his colleagues over at ADA share the common foods and drinks that can potentially cause trouble to your teeth. Dr Alldritt is a licensed dentist and professional consultant to ADA’s oral health committee.

Here are the top three foods one should avoid if they plan to undergo Adelaide teeth whitening:

Carbonated Drinks

Whether it’s regular or diet, soft drinks are a no-no if you want to preserve your oral health and have it ready for teeth whitening.

“Regular carbonated drinks are high in sugar,” says Healthline’s Peggy Pletcher. “On the other hand, the ones labelled with ‘diet’ may not have as much sugar on them, but they still have high levels of acid that can damage the enamel and expose the tooth to foreign bacteria, which can lead to tooth decay.”

Snack Chips

While they may look harmless, chips of any sort can become a problem once they lodge and get stuck on tiny crevices in between your teeth. Dr Aldritt also reveals that while chips usually are savoury, they are still high in sugar content. If you’re looking to improve your oral health and prepare for teeth whitening, avoid chips of any kind as much as you can.


Popcorn isn’t a bad snack. As long as you floss right after eating to prevent bits from wedging between your teeth, you’ll be fine. But that’s also where the problem lies. Most people don’t even floss regularly, making it almost impossible to do so right after eating popcorn.

These are only a few foods that you need to avoid if you want to pursue Adelaide teeth whitening. Consult with your dentist to make sure you know what you need to do.