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green drinks turn teeth greenDo Green Dyed Drinks Stain Teeth?

Tomorrow we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day! One of this holiday’s traditions, in addition to wearing green, is drinking green colored drinks. But before you start slurping that green drink, Fort Worth cosmetic dentist Brit Phillips, implores you to consider how this beverage could affect your teeth.


Green food coloring is added to various beverages to give them that festive green hue. The green dye stains the bacterial cell walls in plaque, and sticks to areas where excessive plaque has accumulated. The green tint acts similar to mouth rinses that children use to reveal where they’ve “missed a spot” when brushing.


If you do decide to partake in drinking green cocktails to celebrate St. Patrick’s Day, you can avoid walking into work looking like you were chewing on moss by following two very simple steps.

#1 – brush your teeth before you go out! The dye will stick to plaque on your teeth first. If it has been a while since you have been to the dentist, your teeth will be more green than if you hadn’t.
#2 – brush your teeth, floss and use mouthwash (preferably with a whitener) before you go to bed.

What should you do if you wake up with a more permanent reminder of Saint Patrick’s Day?

You can fix the immediate problem in the morning with toothpaste and some whitening strips, but the real problem is that a green smile is an indicator that you have plaque buildup. You should contact your dentist in Fort Worth Brit Phillips DDS and schedule a visit!