Football, turkey, and food are Thanksgiving traditions. Pie is a central part of the holiday, and many families serve more than one. Unfortunately if you don’t care for your teeth properly, some pie types, particularly pies made with berries, can permanently stain your teeth. For these stains, teeth whitening services may be necessary to brighten your smile.

The Most Popular Pies

The most popular pies for Thanksgiving are:

  • Apple
  • Strawberry
  • Pumpkin
  • Cherry
  • Blueberry

Out of these five types are two that can stain your teeth if you don’t care for them properly after eating. Cherry pie and blueberry pie can be particularly harmful to the color of your teeth. We want you to indulge and enjoy the holidays without concern about the whiteness of your teeth, so we have some oral hygiene tips for you. Teeth whitening services are also available for when these tactics alone don’t restore your teeth.

Holiday Hygiene Tips

First, make sure to keep up on all your regular oral hygiene habits even if you are traveling. Brush at least twice a day and floss once, preferably right before bed. If you can’t brush right after a meal or snack, rinse your mouth out with water to remove any leftover debris.

Enjoy the holidays, but be mindful of how much sugar you take in throughout the day. Sugar attracts plaque, and if the sugar is not brushed away, this plaque can build up and become tartar on top of the staining.

Use mouthwash regularly to remove plaque from your gums and between your teeth. Mouthwash can strengthen the enamel and reduce your risk of developing cavities; some types of mouthwash can also be used to remove stains.

Whiter Teeth After the Holidays

Once you have enjoyed the holidays with your family and you want to brighten up your smile, schedule a teeth whitening appointment with prosthodontist Dr. Assing at Brandon Complete Dental Care in Brandon, FL.