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Teeth Stains and Thanksgiving Pie

You are bound to be tempted by a host of irresistible foods this Thanksgiving. From generous slices of juicy turkey to green beans drizzled with butter sauce and slivered almonds, your taste buds will go into overdrive. While the various dishes on the table or buffet are delicious, they can also be lasting—on your teeth, that is. Many people from Phoenix, AZ end up visiting their dentists after the holidays due to teeth stains.

Why Do Tooth Stains Happen?

Some ingredients simply have more staining power than others. Usually, they are filled with naturally strong red or blue pigments. Think of cherry pie, blueberry pie, and wine. However, sometimes other foods and beverages can leave yellowish stains behind, such as dark tea and coffee.

Remember: Enamel has a porous nature. When stain-causing foods come in contact with tooth enamel, the enamel may absorb the colors. Over time, this can lead to changes in the tooth color, as well as stains, spotches, or spots.

How Can Thanksgiving Dinner Guests Avoid Food Stains?

Does this mean you can never again dive into a dish known to stain teeth or even discolor some types of dental restorations? Of course not. But you do need to take some precautions to ensure that your teeth look their best for Black Friday and Small Business Saturday shopping.

First, if your teeth seem to be susceptible to staining, you may want to use tooth whitening and enamel-building toothpastes. These will improve stain resistance on your teeth and any tooth restorations like porcelain crowns and veneers.

Next, make sure you floss and brush after eating and drinking stain-linked meals, desserts, and beverages. Never go to sleep, even if it is just to take a quick “turkey nap,” without cleaning off your teeth. A swish of whitening mouthwash may be advisable, too.

Finally, talk to your dentist in Phoenix, AZ about any nagging tooth stains. Sometimes, what you think are stains may actually be built-up plaque or tartar. The beginnings of tooth decay can mimic food stains as well. Getting a professional cleaning and opinion on whether to consider in-office teeth whitening will put your mind at ease—and keep your teeth gleaming. We invite you to meet our experienced and friendly doctors, Dr. Nabil Fehmi and Dr. Maryam Beyramian, in our offices across Phoenix, AZ to schedule your consultation today!

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