It’s almost here---white winter majesty, glistening snow and lights that illuminate everything with a festive glow. Wouldn’t it be great to have dazzling teeth to match? Show off that beautiful smile in pictures and wow your family and friends as you turn up the dial on luminosity this holiday season. Use the following expert tips to make sure your smile is dazzlingly white this Christmas:
Stay hydrated. While you might want to lay off the red wine for its tendency to stain teeth, staying adequately hydrated is one of the best ways to protect tooth enamel and add a nice healthy sheen to your smile. Drinking water will allow you to replenish saliva, which can wash away unsightly food residue and stains on teeth. Mineral or carbonated water will take this scrubbing action the extra mile, preventing sticky or dark foods from sticking to teeth altogether.
Fortify with calcium and fiber. Foods that are rich in fiber like dark, leafy greens, celery, apples, and other vegetables get hard to work scrubbing away excess food residue and stains. Added protection from calcium-rich foods such as cheese and yogurt can actually fill in uneven places on the surface of teeth, giving your mouth a smooth and healthy glow. Don’t forget to brush your teeth after consuming all of this delicious fare, though!
Avoid white wine. White wine is one of the most acidic substances you can ingest; it actually goes to work softening tooth enamel from your very first sip, setting the stage for other damage and staining to result. If you must sip on something at your holiday cocktail party, opt for a refreshing flute of mineral water with a delicate twist of lime or lemon. You’ll look every bit as cosmopolitan, and you’ll be protecting those pearly whites.
Brush with baking soda. Baking soda, though not known for its exceptional flavor, is an excellent mild abrasive that can polish away stains and even remove tartar, giving your teeth a fresh, clean look. Be careful not to use this treatment too much, however, as the abrasive quality it possesses can actually begin to erode tooth enamel.
Chew sugarless gum. Plaque and tartar buildup can make teeth look dull and lackluster in your holiday photos. Popping a stick of sugarless mint gum will not only freshen your breath for those close and personal conversations, but it will also stimulate saliva production that can safeguard against plaque formation on teeth.
Consider a mini tooth “facelift.” If your smile simply must stand out this holiday season, consider tooth whitening. Whitening can take years off of your smile by removing stains, enhancing gum health through the removal of stains and plaque, and giving you a fresh, clean look.
Take care of those teeth! Don’t neglect your dental hygiene just because your schedule is a bit more hectic than usual. Commit to regular brushing, flossing, and making frequent trips to your dentist, and you will be creating a legacy of prevention against damage and decay.
Let Us Help You Achieve Your Whitest And Brightest Smile
No matter what your needs are this holiday season, the talented professionals at Dr. Gordon Krueger, DDS, MS, PA can help you achieve your brightest and best smile. Our innovative approach to creating optimum dental health will give you beautiful results that last far beyond the holiday season. If you want to enter the holiday season and the new year with a bright and dazzling smile, contact us today. Visit https://www.gordonekruegerdds.com to set up a consultation. Get ready for a wonderful holiday season!