Tis the season to go visit friends and family. It's also the season for lots of family pictures. Before you head out for your holiday visits, make sure your teeth are ready for the exposure. You don't want those traditional family photos to be ruined by your dull, dingy, or discolored teeth. Here are four steps you should take to keep your teeth picture-perfect this holiday season.
Schedule a Professional Whitening Session
You may think your teeth are as white as they could possibly be, but that doesn't mean they are. In fact, with professional care, your teeth could get one or two shades whiter. Now that you're planning your holiday get-away, schedule an appointment to get your teeth professionally whitened. This is particularly important if you consume products that could discolor your teeth, such as tea or coffee, you smoke, or if it's been a while since you've had your teeth whitened.
Bring an At-Home Whitening Kit with You
Your professional whitening treatment will get rid of all the discoloration that's built up on your teeth. However, it's not going to prevent new stains from developing while you're visiting friends and family. To keep fresh stains from appearing, bring along an at-home whitening kit. Your kit should contain, whitening strips, whitening toothpaste and a whitening mouthwash. It's also a good idea to pack a fresh toothbrush.
Pack Your Plate with Fresh Veggies
In addition to the whitening treatments, there's also something you can do during dinner, and even during snack time. You can pack your plate with plenty of fresh crunchy vegetables. Eating fresh vegetables, such as carrots and celery, will scrub away the particles of food and beverages that could be staining your teeth. Go ahead and enjoy whatever you want to eat and drink during the holidays, just remember to add the fresh vegetables. An added benefit of consuming fresh vegetables during the holidays is that they'll satisfy your hunger pangs so you eat less, which will help you avoid that holiday weight gain.
Drink a Water Chaser
If you're not much of a vegetable eater, there's still something you can do at each meal that will help keep the stains away. You can drink a water chaser after each meal, and after each beverage that may stain your teeth. Drinking water as a meal time and drink time chaser will help clean your mouth and prevent the stains from settling on your teeth.
Contact a dentist, like Professional Dental Center, for more help.