The holiday season is quickly approaching. We all have our own unique traditions, but for most us, events such as family dinners and work parties will be plentiful in the coming weeks. It’s only natural to want to look and feel your best for your friends and family. And of course, no one wants wants to show off a yellow, stained smile in those holiday pictures. So if you want a whiter and brighter smile in time for Christmas, don’t worry! Our friendly Edmonton dental clinic, Focus on Smiles, has some tips and tricks to help you achieve that luminous smile.
First of all, be mindful of the food and beverages you indulge in. Truth be told, most of us are guilty of going a little overboard on the eggnog and gingerbread cookies from time to time. However, if you consume drinks like red wine, orange juice and pop too often you will soon find that your teeth are starting to look a little dull. To avoid this type of staining try sticking with white wine and less acidic/ sugary drinks – plain water is always a good choice. If you’re going to drink a sugary, acidic or colored drink, consider using a straw. It will minimize the amount of the beverage that gets on your teeth.
We all know that it’s important to brush after each meal and snack, but realistically, this is not always going to be possible. If you’re at a dinner party and can’t sneak away to brush your teeth, just drink some water. Swish it around in your mouth to help rinse away the sugars and food particles.
This is also a great time of year to consider coming in for a cleaning and exam, especially if you are overdue anyway. In fact, most insurance benefits expire at the end of the year, so it’s best to book that appointment before you lose out on December 31. You may even opt for a professional teeth whitening to give your teeth that extra sparkle.
In fact, if your teeth are yellowed or stained, a professional teeth whitening may be necessary to rejuvenate them. We have a number of teeth whitening options that yield far more dramatic results than over the counter whitening products. With the numerous tooth whitening options available, there is no reason to hide a yellow smile out of embarrassment. If you live in the Edmonton, Alberta area, please contact Edmonton dentist Dr. Christine Fialka-Eshenko today to schedule your initial consultation and boost your self-confidence with the smile you deserve.