Apart from spending time with your loved ones, everyone’s first thought when it comes to Thanksgiving is the delicious meal that comes with it. Whether it’s a buffet at a holiday party or a family meal around the table, there are countless drinks and foods to enjoy. Unfortunately, many foods can stain your teeth so it’s important to be careful what you’re indulging in during the holidays.
Red Wine. Everyone knows not to drink red wine before family pictures but it can actually leave a lasting effect on your smile. The acidity in wine promotes enamel erosion which makes it easier for chromogens to soak into your smile. It basically acts as a ‘primer’, making the red wine tannins stick to your teeth more. Try to drink through a straw or stick to white wine. White wine still has tannins from the grapes but has less than red wine.
Dark berries. If cranberry sauce isn’t a staple on your Thanksgiving plate, we recommend skipping it and sticking to gravy on your Turkey. Dark fruits and berries are very richly pigmented and leave stains on your teeth. Blueberry or blackberry pies are not only dark and capable of staining your teeth, but are also high in acidity. We recommend sticking with apple pie or ice cream to satisfy your sweet tooth.
Coffee. Similar to red wine, tannins on coffee build up on tooth enamel and cause discoloration. There are a number of whitening solutions for coffee stains, but the best tactic is prevention. Green Tea offers high amounts of caffeine and won’t stain your teeth permanently like coffee will. If you can’t part with your morning cup of Joe, try to drink it through a straw and keep water near you to minimize the amount of time the coffee stays on your teeth.
Soda. Soda is basically liquid sugar, which leads to bacteria multiplying in your mouth and eventually forming plaque. Also, the dark compounds in dark-colored sodas can also cause surface staining which your enamel absorbs over time. It’s best to avoid soda altogether to maintain your perfectly white smile.
Thanksgiving and the holidays are meant to be a time of happiness and gratitude. The only lasting effects of the season should be your memories, not stained or discolored teeth. If the holidays leave you with any teeth stains, let NYCCD help you achieve your beautiful, white smile.