By Dr. Kellee Stanton
Does your smile dazzle like it used to? Summer gatherings for weddings, graduations, and barbecues call for cameras to be on the ready. Is your smile up the challenge? Age, nutrition and lifestyle can take a toll on your teeth, sometimes making folks transform their smile from a wide grin to tightly-closed lips. Yet, improving your own smile can be as easy as avoiding certain drinks, eating a few healthy snacks and calling in the pros when needed.
Dr. Kellee N. Kattleman Stanton offers these tips to put the twinkle in your teeth this summer.
Avoiding red wines and the associated staining is important during the summer. The best alternative is to drink water? Drink bottled, fizzy or tap water to stay hydrated and to counteract all the salty, fatty and rich foods offered at our summer events. By staying hydrated and drinking plenty of water, you can make sure that you replenish saliva, subsequently protecting your teeth from unsightly stains. Better yet, drink seltzer or carbonated water. Not only will this help you to rehydrate but the light carbonation will also help to scrub away the wine before it can stain your teeth. Just don’t over-do the carbonation, it is acidic and too much can increase your risk for cavities. If you don’t want to avoid red wine, then alternate glasses with plenty of water.
Protect Teeth With Calcium and Fiber Rich Foods
Good nutrition is one of the best ways to make sure you have great teeth all year long. Calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin C are all important for your teeth, and so is fiber. Foods that are high in fiber such as dark leafy greens, celery, apples, and other vegetables and fruits are an excellent option because, like the above-mentioned sparkling water, they help scrub away stains before they are able to set. Cheese and other calcium-rich foods are helpful as well, especially hard cheeses which act as a polish – filling in some of the spaces that might have otherwise been left for wine stains. Just don’t forget to brush your teeth after eating!
Stay Away from White Wine
White wine is some of the most acidic of all summer beverages. The acid in white wine actually can act almost as a primer for red wine and other staining food and beverages. The high acidity in this kind of wine also means the erosion of enamel overall, making your teeth more porous and susceptible to stains.
Get White Quick
When all else fails, don’t forget that at George Dental we have many options for cosmetic dentistry available – including teeth whitening. Here’s another quick tip: do a quick whitening the day of or night before photos or events, giving your teeth a vibrant white and refreshed look. Follow these tips for a bright smile in your summer event photos. Just smile and say “cheese!”