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Bright Holiday Smiles

Keep Those Pearly Whites Pristine This Holiday Season

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Because the foods and drinks you consume directly impact the color of your teeth, here are some of the worst offenders:

  • Red wine
  • Coffee
  • Tea
  • Cola
  • Dark Veggies- (Carrots, Beets, etc)
  • Citrus Foods (Lemons, oranges, limes, etc)
  • Acids (Vinegars, Alcoholic Beverages)

A few ways to combat these smile-stealing items is not necessarily to eliminate them altogether, but to be selective. When it comes to drinking caffeinated beverages, the best solution is using a straw- bypassing the front teeth, while still getting your energy jolt. While many acidic foods can be good for your health- citrus fruits and vinegars, they are notorious for stripping the enamel on teeth. A good policy is to limit acidic consumption and when unavoidable, do so at mealtimes to limit the enamel wearing properties. Rinse mouth out with water, and avoid brushing teeth for at least one hour to after you’ve had acidic foods or drinks. Acid leaves the enamel softened and more prone to erosion during brushing.

Rich holiday foods can also create excess acids in the stomach- resulting possible acid reflux tendencies that can reach the mouth. GERD, stomach acids, bulimia, alcoholism and other medical issues can exacerbate enamel erosion and contribute to poor dental health. See your Cosmetic Dental Associate to have your enamel evaluated to find the best steps possible to get that smile white and keep it that way for the holidays.

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