Red, Green, and White? Do’s and Don’ts for Maintaining a White Holiday Smile.

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For many, the holiday season is filled with family, friends, and, of course, tons of delectable eats! 

However, consuming certain food and drinks can give your smile a less than desirable shade of Merlot. How can you keep your smile as bright as your holiday spirit?

Here’s a handy list of DOs and DON’Ts for this holiday season.


DO’S: 


Chew Thoroughly Look for foods that require a lot of chewing, as these act as natural exfoliates and will help to eliminate stains from your teeth.

Eat those Greens – Green vegetables, like spinach, actually create a thin film on your teeth that protect them from stains! At your next party, eat your greens and enjoy!

Wash it Down You don’t have to avoid that glass of eggnog or your favorite wine or coffee. You can still enjoy your favorite beverages, but just alternate drinking some water after every few sips to prevent the stain particles from lingering on your pearly whites.


DON’TS:


Put it Off Your teeth are similar to clothing: if it stains your clothes, it will stain your teeth! After eating, if any of your meal components seem like they might stain, brush your teeth as soon as possible. 

Home-Sweet-Home Stains tend to make themselves at home in the areas between your teeth, so be sure to give a little extra attention to those in between areas. Eliminate plaque and stain molecules at the same time by flossing daily! 
Cheat While gum, mints and mouthwash can give your mouth a fresher feel, brushing and flossing are the only effective ways to remove stains. Don’t go the easy way – do it right!

Smile for the holidays with these informative tips and call Dr. Steven C. Hill your Langley dentist at (604) 532-9040 if you wish to schedule a teeth whitening consultation. We will ensure your smile stays bright year after year!

Do you have other methods for maintaining the luster on your pearly whites? Please comment below, and share your stories!