The holidays are a time for friends, family, and celebrations. The partaking of food and festivities that occurs this time of year can sometimes be hard on your teeth. Here are a few helpful tips to keep your smile sparkling white this holiday season.
Avoid Teeth-Staining Foods
There are many foods and drinks that can stain and discolor teeth. Consuming foods such as beets, blueberries, cranberries and cherries can lead to stained teeth. Opt for others like cauliflower and apples that actually cleanse the teeth naturally. Red wine, coffee, black tea, grape and cranberry juice, soy sauce and tomato sauce can also stain and discolor teeth. Water is always the beverage of choice to maintain a beautiful and healthy smile.
Fill Up on Greens
Green vegetables such as broccoli, spinach and lettuce help keep teeth staining and discoloration at bay. When these foods are chewed, they create a biofilm on the surface of teeth, which serves as a barrier to prevent staining molecules from adhering to teeth.
Sip Water While Drinking Teeth-Staining Beverages
While enjoying a glass of red wine, coffee, dark soda, black tea or eggnog, drink water periodically and swish it around in your mouth. This will help wash the staining pigments away from the surface of your teeth.
Brush and Floss Often
By brushing your teeth after eating, you can help prevent tooth staining and discoloration. When you know you’ll be away from home for several hours while attending holiday gatherings, take along your toothbrush, toothpaste and floss. Be sure to floss well as bits of food that stain teeth often get trapped between teeth. Don’t forget to brush your teeth well at bedtime, as doing so will help remove any staining pigments left behind after evening meals and snacks.
Good oral hygiene will go far in keeping your teeth white and bright so eat, drink, be merry and brush and floss your teeth often this holiday season!