How fun! St. Patrick’s Day is coming up and that means a round of green-hued drinks for everyone! Wait a second. Now that you really think about it, the idea of gulping down drinks full of green food-coloring might not be so smart for your oral health or for the appearance of your smile. Come to to think of it, anything that can temporarily stain your teeth and tongue just might contribute to actual smile yellowing! So, what to do and what to think about having fun without sacrificing your smile? As always, our Auburn Hills, MI team can demystify this one for you!
#1: They Contribute To Stains
As you may have guessed, if you get very serious about the green-hued drinks and more over this March holiday, you’re introducing some serious stain-causers into your smile! Anything that quickly tints your teeth or tongue or lips will contribute over time to the staining and yellowing of your smile. Of course, there’s always cosmetic care to rescue you later but this is certainly something to consider!
#2: They Are Probably Acidic
We hope you will remember that whether it’s a treat iced with sugary frosting or a beer or a soda, whatever you’re consuming in celebration is likely acidic or will cause your mouth to temporarily become acidic, which encourages decay, erosion, and other oral health concerns. Again, keep this in mind and you may wish to simply limit the amount of treats you enjoy (or take your care very seriously).
#3: You Should Definitely Rinse Them Off!
Surprisingly enough, avoiding damage to your oral health and to the beauty of your smile is something that you can do with such ease when you become a champion of rinsing your smile. Just like on any other day and in any other instance, when you plan on drinking green-hued beverages, such as juice, beer, soda, etc. on St. Patrick’s Day, doing your best to avoid immediate and long-term concerns associated with staining and erosion is easy to do.
Follow up treats associated with celebrating when you are fairly sure they’re not good for your oral health by drinking water. Rinse and spit it out if you’re near a bathroom. Sip, swish, and swallow it for smile cleansing and hydration. It’s up to you! Just remember that neutral H2O is what lets you enjoy yourself without feeling overwhelmed by potential smile consequences!
Enjoy Your Smile With Simple Care Tips
Remember that you can enjoy taking care of your smile and enjoy life, too, when you have the dental care details you need on hand. If you have questions or aren’t sure about something, simply ask our team! To learn more, schedule an appointment or initial consultation by calling Advanced Dental Concepts in Auburn Hills, MI today at (248) 852-1820.