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Do OTC tooth whiteners interact with medications or food?

Over-the-counter (OTC) tooth whiteners remain on the surface of your teeth and don't have any interactions with other medications. To be on the safe side, however, if you regularly take any medications, check with your doctor before using tooth whiteners. Because some antibiotics can stain your teeth, avoid using tooth whiteners while taking them. Also avoid foods and drinks that can stain your teeth, such as red wine, coffee, tea, and cola, while using OTC whiteners and for a few days afterward.
OTC tooth whiteners may interact with certain medications or foods. Before, during, and after using OTC tooth whiteners, you should not overuse tobacco, use certain antibiotics, eat certain foods such as blueberries, or drink large amounts coffee, tea, or red wine, as all of these items can cause staining. Before using any kind of tooth whitening treatment, ask your dentist what you should know about interactions with OTC tooth whiteners.

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