On March 17th, every year, millions of people celebrate St Patrick’s Day. The patron Saint of Ireland is celebrated around the world, due in no small part to the diaspora of thousands of Irish immigrants throughout the world over many, many years. According to the Harvard Encyclopedia of American Ethnic Groups, in 1790 there were 400,000 Americans of Irish birth or ancestry out of a total white population of 3,100,000. Half of these Irish Americans were descended from Ulster people, and half were descended from the people of Connaught, Leinster and Munster. According to U.S. Census figures from 2000, 41,000,000 Americans claim to be wholly or partly of Irish ancestry, a group that represents more than one in five white Americans.

Although St Patrick’s Day is not a federal holiday in the United States, many people will take the day off, and even those that don’t will drink, eat and wear all things green. Green cakes, green eggs, green milkshakes, and green beer to mention but a few. However, you may want to pass on the green foods and drinks in favor of some other less colorful Irish delicacies such as Irish Stew, Boxty, bacon and cabbage and you could always raise your glass with filled with the famous Bailey’s Irish Cream or Jameson’s Irish Whiskey!! Because, as delightfully festive as the green beer and cakes are, dentists warn about the unflattering effect green beer and all that green food can have on your pearly whites.

green teeth

Unfortunately, the green food coloring used to turn everything green, although harmless in small doses, can, after eating and drinking green all day, turn your teeth a gruesome shade of green. The dye used in green food coloring acts very much like the disclosing tablets that children use to learn how to brush their teeth properly and clings to any plaque on the tooth surface. Hence the delightfully?? green smiles at the end of a long hard day of celebrating Paddy’s Day!!

Of course, there are ways to prevent this……..One is to keep up with your regular hygiene schedule and, on St Patrick’s Day, be careful to be extra vigilant when you brush your teeth and, of course, like many of us forget to do, brush them after every meal, as it’s the plaque and food debris that actually turns greens.

The other simple and easy way to keep the green off of your teeth this March is to have your teeth whitened. Now, you obviously don’t want to be doing this BEFORE St Patrick’s Day!!! Better to get it done after, once the celebrating has finished! Here at Dr Schmidt’s office we offer two methods; Boost In Office Whitening or Lifetime Whitening.


Boost in Office is, apart from a treatment consultation and hygiene appointment, complete in just one visit and costs $250.00

Lifetime Whitening is an on-going process involving commitment to a regular hygiene schedule, and using custom-made trays at home on a regular basis. Free refills are provided every 6 months as long as you keep up with your regular hygiene appointments.

Call our office on 734-485-2200 to set up a treatment consultation.


green beer