I have always been one of those people who loves to get out into the world and talk with other people, but a few years ago, I realized that I had to do something about my smile. My teeth were yellow and unattractive, and it was really discouraging to see how much different my smile was. I knew that I needed to get my teeth fixed, so I started working with a professional dentist to make things right. Within a few short months, my smile was completely transformed, and I knew that I owed it all to my dental professional. Check out this blog for more information about working with a dentist.
The holidays are fast approaching and this is the time of year when you'll be eating and drinking foods that can damage your teeth. While some holiday foods will stain your teeth, others can cause your teeth to become cracked or chipped. You probably don't want to have to worry about the state of your teeth while you're eating turkey and drinking eggnog. These tips will help you keep your teeth in good shape and without stains throughout the holiday season, so your smile will be as bright and beautiful on New Years as it is on Thanksgiving.
Brush Before Big Meals
Brushing before big meals will help make your teeth more slick, which will in turn prevent foods and dark colored drinks from sticking to your teeth and staining the enamel. Bring a toothbrush and toothpaste with you to all your holiday celebrations. If you forget the toothbrush, do your best to eat raw, crunchy, fibrous foods before the meal begins. For example, celery, apples and cauliflower all can help clean your teeth before you eat, and that in turn will keep your teeth sparkly as the meal goes on.
Drink Sparkling Water During Meals
Drinking sparkling water during your meal will help wash away foods from the crevices of your teeth and will also flush out drinks that stain like wine and black tea. You can still drink other beverages during the meal, but alternate between your beverage of choice and sparkling water.
Use Your Teeth as Teeth, Not as Nutcrackers
If you're standing at a bowl of nuts with shells on them and the nutcrackers are already being used by other party guests, then you may experience the temptation to use your teeth as a nutcracker. This is a mistake. Nutshells can crack or chip your teeth, and that would require repair later on. If a nutcracker is not available, wait for your turn. Don't try to bite your way through a nutshell.
Get a Dental Cleaning
Getting a dental cleaning before the holidays begin will help ensure that your teeth are non-sticky surfaces that won't attract food bits and grime during your meals. Doing this will also help reduce the chances that your teeth will become stained over the course of the next couple of months. Make an appointment with your dentist for a dental cleaning today. This way, you'll be ready for the feasting and drinking that you'll be partaking of over the next several weeks.