At Desert Smiles in Glendale, Arizona, where experienced dentist Dr. Donald Wilcox and his staff specializing in general dentistry and cosmetic dentistry procedures for a healthier smile, we understand that the holiday season in Phoenix just wouldn’t be as festive without favorite foods.

But it’s also our job to warn patients that some holiday staples can negatively affect their smile.

Here are four staples of a well-set holiday table that require extra dental care vigilance to avoid teeth stains.

Staining Agent No. 1: Wine. The same tannins that make this highly-acidic beverage so delectable also have serious staining power. White wine can be less damaging in this regard than red wine.

Staining Agent No. 2: Coffee and tea. That rich Thanksgiving or Christmas dinner that begins with wine and ends with coffee? Your taste buds may be in heaven but the menu just dealt your teeth a staining one-two punch.

Staining Agent No. 3: Berries. Just like wine, the rich juices that make strawberries, blueberries, pomegranates and the like so delectable in holiday deserts also leave their mark on your smile.

Staining Agent No. 4: Sweets. The more vivid and pretty-to-look-at the gum or candy, the more likely it contains coloring that can discolor or your tongue, teeth and mouth.

How to avoid teeth staining?

Follow up each rich holiday meal with a diligent dental care regimen that includes brushing, glossing and rinsing with mouthwash.

Should you find that your smile still seems less radiant than it could, please contact Desert Smiles Cosmetic and Restorative Dentistry in Glendale, Arizona or call 602-978-1790 to schedule an appointment to discuss our tooth whitening kits. Dr. Wilcox proudly serves patients throughout the greater Phoenix area.

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