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Keep a Bright Smile During Thanksgiving

Some of the most delicious meals we eat every year are found at our annual Thanksgiving dinners. Many of us pull out all the stops to make sure our family gatherings at Thanksgiving are successful, which usually means we abandon any pretense of healthy eating habits. There are multiple staples of the typical Thanksgiving dinner that can be hazardous to the health of our teeth and the brightness of our smiles if we aren’t careful.

Cranberry Sauce

Cranberries are highly acidic, which means that cranberry sauce is also highly acidic. This kind of acid has the ability to wear down the white enamel on your teeth and leave you with a weakened, yellow surface. One way to prevent cranberry sauce from staining your teeth is to eat it before your other dishes. By the time you’ve worked your way through the turkey and dressing, there will be fewer cranberry particles lingering on your teeth than if you saved it for last.

Pumpkin Spice Lattes

Pumpkin spice coffee is a popular beverage to drink during the fall, and it can be easy to indulge in this seasonal treat on a regular basis. All coffee products have the potential to stain your teeth, but it’s especially easy for the sugar in pumpkin spice drinks to wear down the enamel protecting your teeth.

Brown Gravy

A mountain of mashed potatoes just isn’t the same unless it’s topped with a liberal helping of gravy. Unfortunately, your teeth are susceptible to staining when they’re exposed to any kind of dark sauce. Cut your gravy portion in half to reduce the risk of it staining your teeth.

Maple Syrup

Maple syrup is a used in a lot of desserts, but it also makes a great addition to your Thanksgiving turkey. It caramelizes over the skin while baking, which gives the dish a nice texture and taste. Syrup contains a high amount of corn syrup, which is bad for your teeth. The dark color of the syrup has the potential to stain your teeth, especially since its sticky texture allows it to cling to the surface of your teeth.

This doesn’t mean that you have to stop eating your Thanksgiving favorites altogether. These foods can’t permanently damage your teeth from just one meal, but they can diminish the glow of your pearly whites. Take some preventative measures to avoid any potential staining. Cut the acidic values of these foods by pairing them with other foods that don’t contain high levels of acid. Frequently sip water between bites to flush the acid away from your teeth. Consult us if you have any other questions or concerns.