Christmas 2020 was a bit of a dud which puts a lot of pressure on this year’s parties as we all look to make up for lost time. All of us will want to look our best and now is the perfect time to start paying your teeth a little TLC to have them looking beautiful in time for all those Christmas & New Year parties!

Review & upgrade your dental routine

The first place to start is your daily routine. Make sure you’re using a good toothpaste that meets your personal needs and don’t be fooled by the marketing jargon. Check out our handy toothpaste guide here which will help you choose the best one for you. For maximum results, make sure you’re also incorporating an effective daily mouthwash like our Dr Denti Mouthwash Tablets.

Check for dental staining

Removing dental stains is one of the quickest and easiest ways to make a huge difference to your appearance. Often people think they need tooth whitening when they actually just have surface stains from coffee, red wine, tobacco, etc… The easiest way to check is to look in the mirror and see for yourself. Surface staining is much simpler to get rid of than internal staining so it’s always worth starting with that and considering whitening afterwards if it’s still needed.

Fixing stained teeth at home

Social media quacks will tell you to brush with juice, oil, bananas and all sorts of nonsense to get rid of stains. Take it from us, they’re likely to do more harm than good! Your best bet is to pop to the shops and pick up a dental prophylaxis paste (prophy paste), like our home-use product SMILE. This is similar to the products hygienists use in the surgery but safe for you to use at home with your toothbrush as part of your normal oral care routine. SMILE is a fresh tasting paste that gently abrades stubborn stains and polishes your teeth to a beautiful lustre.

Fixing stained teeth at the dentist/hygienist

If you’d rather see a professional, call your local dental practice and see if they can squeeze you in for a scale & polish treatment. This is a combination procedure where a dental professional uses blasts of water and a scaler to remove plaque and tartar then finishes up by polishing stubborn stains away with a rotating pad. Essentially a professional deep-clean for your teeth.

Still need tooth whitening? Book it now!

If you’ve still got discoloured teeth after having them polished, you might want to consider tooth whitening. This is a pricey option, but you can’t argue with the results. After seeing your dentist at the first consultation, it will take a week for custom whitening trays to be made and then another two weeks for the whitening process to properly kick in. Dentists get super busy in the run up to Christmas so plan ahead and get your whitening booked for 3-4 weeks before your Christmas parties are due to start.

We hope your Christmas prep goes well and we’ll be sure to keep posting more seasonal tips in the run up to the big day. Our dental stain remover, SMILE, is available from stores around the country and a single pack will typically see you through 10 stain removal sessions. For more information on SMILE or our other products just email us on or call us on 01474 560 618.