Thanksgiving is almost here, which means it is time to sit with family and enjoy platefuls of delicious food. As you prepare for Thanksgiving and all the food that comes with it, you should also be thinking about your oral health. How does all that food affect your teeth?  

You would be surprised at how stained your teeth can get from popular Thanksgiving foods. You may want to stay away from certain foods, or include these teeth whitening tips in your daily oral health regimen.  

Thanksgiving Foods That Stain Your Teeth  

If you are concerned about the whiteness of your teeth, you will want to avoid these foods and beverages this Thanksgiving:

● Cranberry sauce
● Red wine
● Cherry pie  

Sometimes, the temptation may be too great and you cannot help but indulge. If you cannot skip the stain-causing foods and drinks, you should brush your teeth after your meal. After the holiday is over, you may want to consider professional teeth whitening services to brighten your smile.  

Additional Tips  

If you do not want Thanksgiving to be the worst day for your teeth, follow these additional tips:  

● Drink water as you eat
● Skip the staining dessert
● Rinse with water after dinner and/or dessert
● Take floss or a travel-size bottle of mouthwash to use after

Following these simple tips can go a long way to promoting your oral health and bright smile during the holiday. Your teeth will thank you for prioritizing the health of your mouth and gums!  

If you keep this advice in mind during your Thanksgiving feast, your bright smile will be giving thanks. But if your teeth get stained during the holiday, Dr. Lesinski is ready to give you professional whitening services. Just call our office in Amherst, NY to set up a family dentistry appointment.