Beautiful Boulder Smiles for the Holidays by Lisa Kalfas, DDS

Winter in Colorado is breathtaking, isn’t it? The scenery, the clean, crisp air. The holidays are even more so, filled with beautiful, bright colors, and holiday foods! At parties and special dinners, remember that some foods are more likely to stain your teeth.

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, 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.

Dr. Lisa Kalfas, located in Boulder, offers extensive restorative and cosmetic dental services. And if those little holiday headaches don’t go away, ask her about neuromuscular and temporomandibular joint disease (TMD or TMJ). Wouldn’t it be wonderful to get relief from the tension in your neck, shoulders, and head? Call us at 303.447.9161 and make an appointment to visit our Boulder Colorado dental office. We look forward to seeing you!