Whiten Teeth in Time for Christmas

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Christmas is a time for parties with friends, gathering with family, and building cherished memories. Unfortunately, it can also be a time of excess when it comes to eating and drinking substances that dull or stain your teeth.

If you find a less than bright smile when you look in the mirror, take heart! There are many simple ways to whiten your teeth in time for those Christmas photos and holiday parties.


Why Are Teeth Stained?

Over time, our teeth can become dull and yellowed. Part of this is from the development of plaque, which can be avoided with regular brushing and flossing; the residue that’s more diffcult to remove through good daily dental habits can be cleaned away during a visit to your dentist.

In addition, teeth become stained through the regular use of tobacco products, either cigarettes or smokeless tobacco as well as the substances we eat and drink regularly. For example, coffee, red wine, and dark sodas can be blamed for staining our teeth, especially over time.


What’s the Best Way to whiten Teeth?

Teeth discolored from age and everyday use can add years to your appearance, which results in the desire to whiten teeth. One of the easiest and most immediate ways to whiten teeth is to make dietary changes. Eating crunchy fruits and vegetables naturally cleans teeth and provides foundational nutrition for good dental health.

As the aisles of the grocery and drug stores will attest, there are many over-the-counter solutions to whiten teeth. These range from toothpastes and mouthwashes
that promise to whiten your smile to more expensive, topical solutions to use over time.

While these less expensive options might seem like a better deal, one way to get effective, long-lasting teeth whitening is under the care of your dentist.


In-Office Teeth Whitening

Many dentist offices provide incentive programs that include teeth whitening. This kind of loyalty program allows dentists to provide clear, cutomized trays that you can use at home with a bleaching agent. At each regular teeth cleaning and exam, the dentist provides the bleaching agent for you to use in the comfort and convenience of your home.

This safe, effective way to brighten your smile can really only be trumped by a more professional teeth-whitening option. Taking just about an hour, this method of teeth whitening costs more but saves time if you want to see a brighter smile right away.

Christmas is marked by the twinkle of lights and bright smiles – don’t be left out in the cold this holiday season!


Kelly Wilson writes on a variety of health topics for Dr. Jason Peacock, a dentist in Tumwater, WA.


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