St. Patrick’s Day is full of excitement. Going to parties, enjoying time with friends, eating lots of great food, and drinking a ton of green-colored beverages. However, St. Patrick’s Day isn’t so fun for your body afterward. 

Young people laughing and drinking beer in St Patty's Day gear

Every time you party too hard, your body needs time to recover. Whether that means laying in bed to decompress or drinking lots of water, you need to rejuvenate. What not many people realize is that your teeth might need to recover, too. 

If you ate a lot of sugary treats, drank alcoholic beverages, and consumed green food coloring, then it’s time to get those pearly whites back on track, too! Here at Smile Columbia, we care about the functionality and the aesthetics of your smile. That’s why we believe recovery should be about feeling good and looking good, too!

Up Your Oral Hygiene Game

You’re in recovery mode. So, what does that mean? It means you should up your daily oral hygiene routine. If you don’t normally floss, start flossing! This quick task will remove any food debris or sugary substances from the cracks between your teeth. 

Next, you should make sure you’re brushing for the right amount of time. Ideally, you should brush for two full minutes. Brushing your teeth for two minutes proves far more effective than the average 45-second brush. 

Also, feel free to add mouthwash to your normal routine! If you don’t already use mouthwash, start using it as a way to cleanse your tongue, teeth, and gums. Mouthwash is a great way to target the hard-to-reach areas that you might not think about.

If you stained your teeth with that green dye, then you may also want to consider teeth whitening! You can remove your coffee stains and green beer discoloration all at once with the Opalescence Whitening System. Just ask your dentist about it next time you visit us at Smile Columbia. 

Finally, if you experience any sensitivity or pain in your teeth after St. Patrick’s Day, visit your dentist. Oftentimes, sugary and cold drinks are great warning signs to help us identify decay in our teeth. Our team at Smile Columbia is happy to help figure out why your mouth is hurting and help you get back to normal. 

Next Time, Prepare

The next time you’re getting ready to party, prepare your teeth. Of course, this doesn’t sound as whimsical and fun as you’d like for your party. However, simply packing a travel-sized bottle of mouthwash or ADA-accepted chewing gum could negate future problems and help your teeth in the long run! 

Your Dentist in Columbia, South Carolina

Whether you’re recovering from St. Patrick’s Day festivities or you simply need some dental advice, we’re here to help. Schedule an appointment online or give us a call at (803) 781-9090 to visit us at Smile Columbia.