Did you know that smiling can make us appear more attractive to people? Not only that, but the act of smiling can improve our mood and relieve stress.

Want to make a great impression at your upcoming holiday party? Flash that beautiful smile.

However, don’t forget about your cosmetic dentistry work. Read on for five dentistry tips to keeping your smile bright this holiday season.

#1 Avoid Foods and Drinks that Stain

You might want to avoid teeth-staining foods and drinks during your next holiday party.

The worst offenders for drinks are wine, soda, tea, and coffee. For foods, stay away from tomato sauce, balsamic vinegar, and beets.

#2 Use a Straw

What if you need your caffeine fix and can’t stay away from coffee or soda? Another dentistry tip is to use a straw for drinks.

Straws can help keep drinks away from your teeth. If you feel silly using a straw, you can also take small sips of water to rinse your teeth. The water can help wash away stains from drinks like wine or coffee.

#3 Rinse and Brush After Meals

Brush your teeth after meals to stop bacteria from damaging your teeth. You should brush your teeth about 30 minutes after a meal.

If you’re traveling, keep a mini traveling toothbrush and toothpaste in your purse or bag. You might feel weird always carrying a toothbrush, but it’s better than risking plaque buildup or bad breath.

No time for brushing teeth in between meals? You can at least chew sugar-free gum after meals. Sugar-free gum helps make more saliva in your mouth which can reduce stains.

#4 Be Careful with Candy and Crunchy Foods

It may be easy to forget ourselves with candies and sweets during the holiday season. There are so many delicious holiday options like candy canes, nuts, peanut brittle and peppermint flavored chocolate.

However, all these crunchy and sugar-filled treats can damage your teeth. The sugar and acid can cause cavities. Nuts with hard shells can crack your teeth or damage fillings.

If you eat candy, rinse and brush your teeth afterward. Use nutcrackers for hard shells. The last thing you want is to crack a tooth and have a tooth emergency.

#5 Keep Up Your Routine

After the holiday party, avoid the temptation of going straight to bed without brushing your teeth.

Not brushing your teeth at night can lead to plaque buildup, cavities, and eventually gum disease if it becomes a regular habit. Maybe all this won’t happen in one night of forgetting to brush. However, it’s important to stick to your routine and to brush and floss every night.

Additional Dentistry Tips: Visit Your Dentist

If you’re due for a dental check-up, squeeze in an appointment before the upcoming holidays. This is especially important if you have any pain or discomfort.

If you want to look glamorous this holiday season, consider getting your teeth whitened. Teeth whitening is a fast and easy way to brighten your smile.

Want to learn more cosmetic dentistry tips and advice? Schedule your next dental appointment today.

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Anacapa Dental Art Institute is proud of their dedicated service to Ventura County. Lead by world-renowned top cosmetic prosthodontist Dr. Jivraj and his expert staff, Anacapa has the expertise and facility to handle whatever your cosmetic dental situation may be. Whether it’s a tooth whitening or a full mouth reconstruction, expect nothing but some of the best dental care Ventura County has available.

Call today for a private consultation. Renew your smile, renew your life.


We look forward to providing families with exceptional care and advanced treatment options. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Jivraj contact our Oxnard, CA, dental office today by calling 805-800-8289. Our office at 2821 N Ventura Road, Building H, Oxnard, 93036 welcomes patients in and around Oxnard, CA, including Santa Barbara, Woodland Hills, Ventura, and the surrounding Southern California communities.

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