Thanksgiving is next week, and you have probably already bought all the ingredients for pies, stuffing, and the turkey centerpiece. As you start making family plans and begin the cooking frenzy, your Westchester cosmetic dentist wants to remind you that some of these hearty foods can stain your teeth. Read on to learn what foods can stain your teeth, and what you can do to avoid it.
What Can Stain My Teeth?
This is probably a no-brainer, but if you are hosting your family’s Thanksgiving meal, you may be drinking more coffee than normal to get through the day. Drinking too much coffee can stain your teeth. But, if you still need your cup in the morning, your Westchester cosmetic dentist recommends you limit your coffee intake. Be sure to brush your teeth afterwards, too!
This is a winter staple, but it can take a serious toll on your teeth. The dark red color can stain your teeth (and your fingers!), and the acidity in the fruit can wear away your enamel. We recommend avoiding it entirely, but if you must have your cranberry sauce, try limiting it and rinsing your mouth with water.
Red wine, the bane of all white clothes and carpets, can wreak havoc on your pearly whites. But, did you know white wine can also stain your teeth? Be careful with how much you drink, and be sure to brush your teeth after you finish your glass.
Some families serve salads at Thanksgiving dinner, and balsamic is a popular choice because of it’s big flavor and light calories. But, because of its acidity and dark color, too much can stain your teeth. So, we recommend you skip on the dressing, or make sure to wash it down with water.
Pumpkin pie is relatively good for your teeth, but all the berry pies can hurt your enamel and stain your teeth. We don’t want you to not enjoy some pie, but make sure you add in an extra brushing and flossing session to wash away all that acid and sugar.
At Advanced Dentistry of Scarsdale, we want you to enjoy your Thanksgiving holiday. Spend time with your loved ones, eat good food, and maybe even get a head start on your holiday shopping! But, if you follow these tips, you may be able to avoid staining your teeth or getting cavities. But, if you would like to get teeth whitening in Westchester, give us a call today! Our cosmetic dentists have the latest technologies to whiten your teeth several shades in just a few sessions. See how we can transform your smile!