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Holiday Food and Wine: Dental Do’s & Don’ts

November 17, 2011

Filed under: Dental Care,Holiday Dental Tips,Teeth Whitening — admin @ 10:04 am

We found a great article on how to keep your teeth white and bright throughout the holiday season.

From the article…
As Thanksgiving approaches, so do the parties, which continue on through New Year’s.

The holiday season brings with it many festive gatherings filled with indulgent food — rich coffee, red wine, decadent candy, the list goes on. Even though a season of festive, irresistible treats can take its toll on your teeth, you shouldn’t feel the need to abstain if you’re in the know on how to combat smile sabotages and how to avoid that “you’ve got something in your teeth” fate.

Dental Do’s:

* Choose red wine! Contrary to common belief, white wine can actually stain teeth worse than red wine. The high acidity in white wine makes 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.

* Drink water and eat bread! Drinking water in between sips of white wine and while eating colored foods will help offset the effect of the stains. To remove the temporary stains that appear immediately after drinking wine, it is best to rinse your mouth with fresh water and eat bread. These two steps reduce the acidity in your mouth.

* Find the strawberries at your next party. One of the best natural at-home whiteners is strawberries, since the malic acid in strawberries act as an astringent to remove surface discoloration. The ingredient – which gives the fruit its sour taste – is found in strawberries as well as grapes, and it is most effective when the fruit is just ripe, since malic acid declines as fruits ripen.

* Carry around sugar-free gum. Chewing sugar-free gum after meals stimulates saliva flow, which acts as a natural detergent to remove some of the stains on the teeth. Even simply rinsing with water if nothing else is available will remove some of the stains.

Read the full article here.

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