Holiday Foods That Stain Teeth

Holiday Foods That Stain Teeth
Posted on 11/17/2015

With the holidays upon us, it means that big feasts of all of the delicious holiday foods that we wait all year to enjoy since last year.  However, for those who prefer to keep their smile looking white and healthy, below are some holiday foods that you may want to avoid or just eat or drink in moderation.


 Cranberry Sauce

Whether you prefer your cranberry sauce with a Thanksgiving turkey, a Christmas ham, or just eating it by itself, you won’t be able to get through the holidays without at least coming across some cranberry sauce.  It doesn’t matter if it came from a can or it was made by hand, the real danger to your teeth is the strong, dark pigment of the cranberry.  Even if you can’t see it, food particles from the cranberry sauce that are leftover on your teeth can gradually start staining your teeth, so it’s imperative that you either brush your teeth or rinse after you’re done eating.  


Food Dye

Adding some food dye to some cupcakes or other desserts is a perfect way to add a little bit of holiday spirit to them. But when most people think of “dye”, they think of stains.  Food dye can worry people about staining their teeth, since the color usually sticks to your tongue and teeth after you’re done eating.  So does food dye really stain your teeth more than other foods? Not really.  Just like other pigmented foods, if you leave the food dye on your teeth for an extended period of time, they can stain, but if you clean your teeth and mouth after you eat, your radiant smile will be fine!   



While red wine is an obvious culprit, white wine can stain your teeth too.  In fact, white wine is more acidic, which can damage the enamel of your teeth over time.  Whichever kind of wine you choose to enjoy with your holiday feast or just relaxing with your family and friends around the house, try to keep it to a minimum to preserve your smile. Another tip is to avoid slowly sipping on a glass of wine for too long, since you’re prolonging the amount of time that the wine is against your teeth.  


Hot Chocolate

The cold weather and hot, comforting drinks just go perfectly together.  Curling up by the fireplace with a nice hot coco with marshmallows in it may just be the perfect way to make it through the cold, winter weather.  Just remember that hot chocolate has a dark pigment to it, and is full of sugar that can damage your teeth. Don’t forget to brush or rinse after you finish drinking that hot chocolate.  


Get A Whiter, Radiant Smile!

After you make it through the holidays, if you find that you’re smile isn’t as white and it was before, or you’re just not happy with the color of your teeth, contact Briarwood Valley Dentistry! Dr. Hanna and her friendly dental staff will help you get a smile that you can be proud off with professional teeth whitening services. If you have any questions about teeth whitening or what foods may stain your teeth, you can bring your questions to us and we’ll make sure that you get all of the information you need.