Cranberry sauce, fine wine, delicious dressings…these are all wonderful things you probably enjoy with family and friends during a Thanksgiving feast. But have you ever considered the toll these treats can take on your teeth? Your cosmetic dentist in Indianapolis shares the foods and beverages that are the worst stain-causing culprits and how to keep your smile shining brightly while still indulging in your favorite goodies this season.
Thanksgiving Treats and Teeth Stains
Like most families at Thanksgiving, you probably have a list of favorite foods and beverages you enjoy with your family and friends. What you may not know is that this holiday brings on some of the worst teeth staining offenders. Here are some commonly enjoyed treats to be mindful of:
- Coffee: Like many people, you might have at least a cup a day. Did you know that coffee consumption increases significantly during the holidays? Whether you’re prepping a meal or traveling, you might consume more of this caffeinated beverage than usual to keep you going, and the probability of teeth yellowing increases.
- Cranberry Sauce: You may have heard that cranberries are good for your teeth, but beware! The dark color of the sauce can taint those pearly whites if not they’re properly cleansed afterward.
- Wine: This one might seem obvious as stain-causing, but wine consumption is often higher over the holidays. If you think you’re safe with white wine, think again. The acidity in both white and red wine can wreak havoc on tooth enamel leading to decay and stains.
- Balsamic Vinegar: It might seem like a healthier option to go with a salad as a side but the acidity in many balsamic vinegar-based dressings can erode enamel, while the dark coloring can dull the whiteness of tooth enamel.
- Pie: Pumpkin? Pecan? These may not contain dark colors, but plenty of other holiday favorites that include berries of all sorts are catalysts for tooth stains.
The good news is, you don’t have to forgo your favorites at the Thanksgiving table this season. Read on to learn what you can do to still enjoy your choice goodies while taking care of your teeth this year.
How Can I Protect My Teeth From Stains This Holiday?
Preserving your pearly whites while still enjoying all the above is completely possible. Here are a few simple and preventive steps you can take to keep your smile shining brightly this holiday season:
- Brush and floss after eating and drinking: If possible, pack a toothbrush and floss and take a moment to treat yourself to a clean mouth after a meal.
- Drink water: Before you pour another glass of wine or have a second helping of pie, take a few swigs of water to rinse off your teeth and gums.
- Limit your intake: We’re all ready to enjoy the treats that the holidays bring, but be mindful of your consumption. Every bite puts your pearly whites to work, and you can help protect them from stains by giving them a break!
The holidays are a time to indulge and enjoy life. Be sure to go in with a plan to keep your smile healthy and thriving.
About the Practice
Dr. Mark M. Farthing and Dr. Armin M. Tepner lead the team of dental experts at Indianapolis Family Dental. In addition to completing multiple hours of continuing education, they are committed to ensuring that all their patients are fully educated on how to maintain bright, beautiful teeth. It is their priority to make sure every patient feels at home at their practice and receives the highest quality of care. Is your smile ready for the holidays? Book an appointment online or call(317) 898-3384.