Dentist in Chesapeake, VA
The holidays are a wonderful time of the year anywhere. But in Virginia, history and traditions blend into something very special. It’s a time to celebrate with friends, family, and loved ones. And of course, celebrations mean delicious foods of all flavors and colors. But some of our holiday favorites are more likely to stain your teeth. We’d like to keep some of our holiday spirit through the year, but not on our teeth!
Here are some of the top foods you might encounter at holiday time that can cause stains on your teeth:
- Artificially colored gum and candy, nuts: There snacks and goodies are everywhere this time of year! Those extra nibbles of candy (including chocolate!) and nuts can leave food stains on your teeth.
- Red wine: The darker the wine, the more it can stain your teeth. Keep a glass of water nearby, and periodically take a few sips.
- Tomato sauce and ketchup, soy sauce and spices: The acidity, as well as the color in tomato sauce and ketchup can leave stains on your teeth. And dark liquids like soy sauce and some dressings can also contribute to a dingy smile.
You can help minimize tooth stains from holiday foods
- Most parties and snack tables usually include foods that can help combat tooth staining. Crunchy foods like carrots, celery, and apples help cleanse your teeth naturally.
- Don’t skimp on your dental care routines! Pay extra attention to flossing and brushing to remove food particles and stains.
Call us at the Center for Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry in Chesapeake at 757.546.5262 during or after the holidays for a regular checkup, or treat yourself to an in-office or at-home tooth whitening treatment. What a way to start a new year!