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How To Make Your Teeth White For The Holidays

Pucker up! It's time for holiday parties, social gatherings and mistletoe around every corner. Does your smile feel up to the challenge? Here's how to make your teeth white and bright just in time for all your holiday photos and kisses.

  • One year out: Consult with a dental professional and schedule a teeth cleaning a few months before the holiday season
  • Ten months out: Consider straightening your smile with teeth aligners
  • Six months out: Porcelain veneers, crowns, and cosmetic tooth contouring can help your smile look the way you want
  • Four months out: You can begin to try whitening treatments, including at-home or professional methods
  • Two months out: Introduce some nutritious foods into your diet for optimal gum health throughout the holidays and beyond

Brush With a Whitening Toothpaste

Over-the-counter whitening toothpaste can help to remove stains, whiten teeth and prevent stain buildup. Many of these products contain mild chemicals or polishing agents to lift surface stains and prevent them from reappearing. Brushing twice a day will also fight cavities and plaque biofilm, ensuring that your teeth stay healthy and pearly-white.

Avoid Coffee and Other Staining Foods

Coffee, tea, soda, fruit juice, and red wine all easily stain teeth. Avoid exposure to these drinks in your efforts to keep your teeth white, especially after a whitening treatment. That does not mean that you should give up your favorite drink, however. Drink these beverages through a straw, or rinse your mouth out after you drink to keep stains from settling onto the tooth surfaces.

Eat Plenty of Veggies and Fruit

Eating healthy vegetables and fruit can also keep your teeth white. Foods such as carrots, celery, and apples provide plenty of vitamin C, triggering extra saliva production. Saliva washes away debris from your teeth, keeping them clean and sparkling for holiday pictures.

Use an At-Home Whitening Kit

You can find a variety of at-home tooth-whitening products at the drugstore, such as whitening strips and trays, that may lighten stains. Most of these whitening kits contain mild peroxide to dissolve surface stains on teeth and make them appear visibly whiter. Be sure to contact a dental professional before use for recommendations based on your dental history.

Get Dental Professional Help

If your teeth still don't look their whitest, schedule an appointment with your dentist for in-office whitening. A professional whitening will brighten your teeth several shades in just one appointment, allowing you to see immediate results.

Keeping your teeth white will help make this holiday season sparkle. Get started today to see results before the ball drops on New Year's Day.

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This article is intended to promote understanding of and knowledge about general oral health topics. It is not intended to be a substitute for professional advice, diagnosis or treatment. Always seek the advice of your dentist or other qualified healthcare provider with any questions you may have regarding a medical condition or treatment.

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