The holiday season is full of late nights and early mornings (so many parties, but you still have to be at work on time!), which means lots of coffee, tea and wine. You know all of the secrets to maintain your trim figure amidst all of the party favors, but your teeth are probably getting neglected.
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Any number of things that pass your lips on a regular basis can stain your pearly whites, but if you follow these simple tips from Dr. Irwin Smigel, President of the ASDA, you’ll have the whitest smile this Christmas.
Sip Smarter on White Wine
White wine can actually stain teeth worse than red wine! It’s the high acidity in white wine that make teeth more susceptible to stain from tea, coffee and anything else you eat or drink at the same time that has color. Typical teeth-stainers include ketchup, mustard, soy sauce, spaghetti sauce and all berries.
Get Some H2O
Drinking water in between sips of white wine and while eating colored foods will help offset the effect of the stains. One of the best natural at-home whiteners is strawberries. The malic acid in strawberries act as an astringent to remove surface discoloration.
Eating crunchy foods are good for your gums. Certain types of bacteria attach to the enamel which surrounds the teeth. If the bacteria is not removed they multiply and grow in numbers growing a colony of bacteria. Firm, crunchy fruits and vegetables like celery, apples and pears have a high water content which stimulates saliva production, which forces these colonies of bacteria to disperse and neutralize the bacteria in the mouth that causes cavities and bad breath. This also helps to strengthen and toughen weaker gums.
Be careful of foods that can get caught between your teeth. Salads and greens are likely to get caught which can be embarrassing and cause cavities and gum disease, so always carry floss (and a hand mirror!) for a touch up and to keep food out.
Carry a breath freshener and whitening gel to use during your date. Dr. Smigel recommends having a no brush/no rinse on-the-go whitening and freshening tooth polish on hand.
Whiten at Home
Use whitening toothpaste to brush away stains and add sparkle to your smile. At-home bleaching systems are okay, but be careful of over-bleaching which will only cause damage and weaken the enamel. If you’re more of a DIY-er, Hydrogen Peroxide (common in many whitening toothpastes) prepares teeth for maximum whitening benefits while tackling the issues such as bacteria-causing plaque, gingivitis and bad breath, which can compromise oral health.
Don’t Forget Your Tongue
Do the not-so-ordinary cleaning routines such as using a tongue cleaner. This is the only way to effectively remove plaque and bacteria and prevent bad breath for good.