Smile Care After Curry

Some ingredients add vibrant color to your meal, but also to your teeth. As you enjoy your spices on January 12 for Curried Chicken Day, keep in mind that this ingredient is not very tooth-friendly. Fortunately, Dr. Fondriest can restore your smile back to pearly white.

The curry spice is rich in yellow color. It gives your cuisine an exotic flavor and a beautiful color. However, the yellow hue doesn’t look so beautiful on your teeth. Your enamel, or the outer surface of your teeth, absorbs the color from the foods you eat. Curry’s bright color will likely soak in and stain your teeth after repeated exposure.

It’s not all bad, though. Studies have found that curry leaves have oils with antimicrobial properties that can help reduce bad breath. In addition, curry leaves contain other nutrients, like beta carotene, folic acid, riboflavin, calcium, and zinc, that can help keep your body healthy.

Other tooth-stainers include blueberries, soda, coffee, tea, tomato sauce, Balsamic vinegar, and red wine. Think about it this way: If it will stain a white shirt or carpet, it could stain your teeth!

To avoid discolored teeth, be sure to rinse your mouth with water, brush your teeth, and chew sugarless gum after your meal to help prevent the spice from sticking. In addition, balance it out with foods like cheese or spinach, which help create a film across your teeth to block stains.

If your cuisine has stained your teeth, visit Dr. Fondriest to whiten your smile. He offers at-home bleaching trays to brighten the shade of your teeth. If the stains are too deep, you could consider veneers or bonding to cover up the discoloration.

Contact Dr. Fondriest at (847) 234-0517 to set up an appointment for your whitening needs. We welcome patients from the North Shore area of Chicago, including Winnetka, Highland Park, Northbrook, Glenview, and the surrounding communities.

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