Pigskins and Perfect Smiles: Is There a Connection?

With Super Bowl XLVIII just weeks away, Polk City, IA football fans have the delicious task of planning menus for their tailgating parties and backyard blowouts. When it comes to taking care your teeth, you have more in common with your favorite quarterback that you might realize. Most NFL players wouldn’t set foot on the field without some form of protection for their teeth and jaws, such as a face mask, mouth guard, or both. So while you are not likely to be sacked by a 250-pound member of the opposing team, you must still take care to safeguard your teeth against damages caused by salty, sticky, and sweet game day snacks and drinks. superbowlfood

Super Bowl, Super Stains: Worst Offenders

Dark colas and alcoholic beverages leave unsightly yellow and brown stains on your teeth, creating an unattractive, aged appearance. Sugar in these beverages contributes to bacterial growth and plaque, which cause tooth decay and discoloration. Brightly colored sodas and juices have similar effects, and only water has the distinction of leaving your teeth stain-free. After you imbibe, brush your teeth as soon as possible. If you cannot brush, at least rinse your mouth out with water, swishing for up to 60 seconds. This does not eliminate all traces of sugar, but it will suffice until you can brush and floss properly.

Is Starch as Harmful as Sugar?

Consuming sugary foods leaves your mouth wide open to tooth decay, which mars your smile and increases your risk of oral infections. Many of our patients are surprised to learn that starchy foods, such as breads and chips, cause just as much damage to their smile. The saliva in your mouth quickly begins converting these starches into sugar. Adding to the problem, starchy foods tend to become gummy and stick between your teeth and around the gum line. If you do not brush your teeth until well after the game, it may be too late to stop these harmful effects.

Whiten Your Teeth for a Winning Smile

When you think about Super Bowl parties, “moderation” probably isn’t the first word that comes to mind. We don’t expect you to sit out the next big shindig, but we invite you to see us for teeth whitening in Polk City IA. Few events can match the excitement of Super Bowl Sunday, just as few qualities can match the appeal of a healthy smile with attractive, white teeth. Choose from in-office whitening, which takes approximately one hour, home whitening options, or a combination of bleaching techniques for the most stubborn stains.

About your Polk City IA dentist: Dr. Ryan Hussong and the staff at Cornerstone Dental provide teeth whitening services in our conveniently located, modern office. We serve football fans, along with their families, living in Ames, Ankeny, Des Moines, Urbanville, and nearby communities. In addition to cosmetic dentistry services, we have the tools to maintain and restore your teeth and gums. Call us at 515-984-6001 to schedule an appointment.