Who needs snow to have a beautiful holiday? Not us! Mobile’s just as beautiful with the scenery, beautiful lights and decorations. And delicious holiday foods done up Southern style! At parties and special dinners, some foods are more likely to stain your teeth. So keep your holiday spirits all through the year, but not reminders of your holiday foods!

Here are some of the top foods you might encounter during the holiday season that can cause stains on your teeth:

  • Berries and juices: Cranberry relishes, blueberry pie, fruit juices and artificially colored sodas are just a few tooth-staining culprits. Many of these are highly acidic and can also damage tooth enamel.
  • Coffee, tea, wine: Coffee, black tea, and red wine are well known for their potential to stain 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.

There’s actually a pattern in the foods and beverages listed above. The combination of acidic and highly colored foods, even tomato sauce and ketchup, can stain your teeth. But some foods, like celery and carrots can help counteract some of those smile-spoiling foods. And the best way to help prevent stains? Regular brushing and flossing, especially at night. Don’t give plaque and stains time to set into your teeth.

Northcutt Dental Practice offers extensive general, restorative and cosmetic dental services. Thinking about brightening your smile? In a little under an hour, Zoom! tooth whitening can make a big difference! Call us and make an appointment to visit one of our dental offices in Mobile, Fairhope or Bay Minette. Have a beautiful, happy, and safe holiday. We look forward to seeing you!

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