Keeping Your Smile White Through the Holidays

For Dr. Oz's 400th show, I joined Dr. Oz for an episode full of life-changing transformations! Talk about inspiring! This was one of the most incredible shows I have ever been a part of. This episode truly celebrates the power of healthy living. As the holidays are right around the corner, I want to share a couple of my tips today on how to keep your smile looking healthy for the holidays.

Keeping Your Smile White Through the Holidays
Keeping Your Smile White Through the Holidays

For Dr. Oz's 400th show, I joined Dr. Oz for an episode full of life-changing transformations! Talk about inspiring! This was one of the most incredible shows I have ever been a part of. This episode truly celebrates the power of healthy living. As the holidays are right around the corner, I want to share a couple of my tips today on how to keep your smile looking healthy for the holidays.

The holidays are filled with family, friends, and most importantly – food. Eating and enjoying wine during the holidays can bring your smile to an unsightly shade of Pinot Noir, but if you follow these easy tips around the holidays, your smile can stay as bright as your spirits.


Foods to look for during the holidays:

  • Foods that require a lot of chewing, meaning fibrous foods like apples, celery, and carrots, will whiten teeth because they naturally remove stains on teeth. They act as natural exfoliants.
  • Greens such as spinach, broccoli, and lettuce prevent staining because when chewed they create a film over teeth that acts as a barrier. This biofilm prevents stain molecules from adhering to the teeth.
  • With your glass of wine, coffee, or egg nog – keep a glass of water nearby. After every few sips, take some water and swish it around your mouth. That will help keep the staining pigments from lingering.

Even amidst all the holiday cheer, don’t forget the following tips.

  • Whenever possible, brush your teeth soon after a meal if any of its components can stain. Think about food in terms of a white shirt – if what you have eaten will stain your white shirt, it will stain your teeth.
  • Give extra attention to the areas between your teeth; that’s where stains tend to secure themselves and build up over time. The best way to do this is to floss every day, making a "C" shape around each tooth as the floss moves between each contact and moves under the gum. This removes the plaque and the stain molecules at the same time.
  • Never skip bedtime brushing after a staining meal. You’ve already allowed ample time for the pigments to make themselves at home. Waiting until the next morning is as good as putting a finishing top coat over the stains.

4 Steps to Shedding Your Pandemic Pounds

Forgive yourself, and start walking toward a healthier you.

For those of you who have put on the Pandemic Pounds or added several new COVID Curves, you are not alone. Alarmingly, the American Psychological Association has recently published that almost half of all adults in their survey now have a larger physique. In fact, 42% of people reported gaining roughly 15 pounds (the average published was surprisingly 29 pounds but that included outliers) over the past year. Interestingly, 20% of adults in this survey lost about 12 pounds (I am surely not in this group). Clearly, there is a relationship between stress and weight change. In addition, one in four adults disclosed an increase in alcohol consumption, and 67% of participants distressingly revealed that they have new sleeping patterns.

This past year has brought about what has been called the 'new normal.' Social isolation and inactivity due to quarantining and remote working have sadly contributed to the decline in many people's mental and physical health, as demonstrated by the widespread changes in people's weight, alcohol consumption, and sleeping patterns. Gym closures, frequent ordering of unhealthy takeout, and increased time at home cooking and devouring comfort foods have had a perceptible impact. In addition, many people have delayed routine medical care and screening tests over fear of contracting Covid-19 during these visits. Unfortunately, the 'new normal' has now placed too many people at risk for serious health consequences, including heart attacks and strokes.

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