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Green Beer Bad For Teeth?

Aye be golly: This will stain your teeth!

Aye be golly: This will stain your teeth!

Wednesday, March 10, 2010 17:15 GMT

BRIDGEPORT, W. Va. (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – Green beer may be a St. Patrick’s Day (Mar. 17) staple, but it’s hell on your teeth.

West Virginia-based dentist Dr. Robert Martino says the dye from green beer can badly stain your expensive dental work – something he’s seen many times with his own post-St. Paddy patients.

Martino says the key to avoiding leprechaun teeth is caring for them right after drinking.

That means a good rinsing and brushing before bed, not passing out with green beer residue still in your mouth.

He also recommends chewing a piece of sugar-free gum at the end of the night because the increased saliva will act as a “natural defense” against cavities from the acidic booze.

Martino says drinking through a straw is also a plus because the straw prevents liquid from directly contacting the chompers.

Chugging – not sipping – is also advised, since there’s less time for bacteria to form in the mouth that way.