New York dentist holiday whitening tips

The twinkling lights and pageantry of the holiday windows at Bergdorf-Goodman, Bloomingdales, Henri Bendel, Lord & Taylor, Saks, Macys… is there anything that puts you more in the holiday spirit? Yes, it’s that time of the year again. For many, the holiday season is filled with the bustle of shopping, ice skating at Rockefeller Center, warming up with a cup of cappuccino in your fav bistro in Soho, visiting a holiday market at Bryant Park and of course taking in all the holiday sparkle of downtown New York City.

The holidays are filled with family, friends, and, of course, tons of delectable eats! However, consuming certain food and drinks can make your smile a less than desirable shade of Merlot. How can you keep your smile as bright as your holiday spirit?

Here’s a handy list of DO’S and DON’TS for this holiday season.

Teeth Whitening DO’S:

Chew, Chew, Chew – Look for foods that require a lot of chewing, as these act as natural exfoliants and will help to eliminate stains from your teeth.

Eat those Greens – Green vegetables, like spinach, actually create a thin film on your teeth that protect them from stains! At your next party, eat up your greens, but do try to avoid spinach caught between your front teeth (not a good look).

Wash it Down – Don’t simply forego that glass of eggnog or your favorite mulled wine from the Spotted Pig in Greenwich Village. You can still enjoy your favorite beverages, but just alternate drinking some water after a few sips to prevent the stain particles from lingering on your pearly whites.

Teeth Whitening DON’TS:

Put it Off – Your teeth are similar to clothing: if it stains your clothes, it will stain your teeth! After eating, if any of your meals components seem like they might stain, brush your teeth as soon as possible.

Home-Sweet-Home – Stains tend to make themselves at home in the areas between your teeth, so be sure to give a little extra attention to those in between areas. Eliminate plaque and stain molecules at the same time by flossing every day!

No Cheating – While gum, mints and mouthwash can give your mouth a fresher feel, brushing and flossing are the only effective ways to remove stains. Don’t go the easy way – do it right!

Keep your smile sparkling as brightly as a Tiffany diamond for the holidays with these informative tips and call us if you wish to schedule a teeth whitening consultation.

Do you have other methods for maintaining the luster on your pearly whites? Please comment below, and share your stories!