Six Holiday Smile-Saving Solutions
By Marissa Hicken |
Wine. Coffee. Sweets. Soda. You name it. There’s more of it this time of year and while there’s no better time to indulge than the holidays, in excess these delicious party favorites can cause real damage to your smile. So in preparation for your holiday parties, New York cosmetic dentist Irwin Smigel, DDS shared some of his favorite tips to keep your breath fresh and your smile sparkling as bright as all the holiday lights. Read them below:
Drinking water in between sips of white wine and while eating colored foods will help offset the effect of the stains. 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-strainers include ketchup, mustard, soy sauce, spaghetti sauce and all berries.
One of the best natural at-home whiteners is strawberry. The malic acid in strawberries acts as an astringent to remove surface discoloration.
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 for a touch up and to keep food out.
Carry a breath freshener and whitening gel to use during your date. Dr. Smigel recommends the Supersmile Quikee ($18), a no brush, no rinse on-the-go whitening and freshening tooth polish.
Use a 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.
Clean Your Tongue
Do the not-so-ordinary cleaning techniques such as using a tongue cleaner. This is the only way to effectively removeplaque and bacteria and prevent bad breath for good.