Foods To Avoid This Holiday Season

By Valerin Dental Group
November 20, 2015
Category: Dental Procedures
Tags: Cleanings  

The holiday season is rapidly approaching, and for most of us, that means fun, family and tons of delicious food. You already know that too much of the wrong kinds of food can sabotage your diet, but have you ever considered how the holiday foods you choose can affect your teeth as well?Wine

Whether you just visited Manny Valerin DDS, PC at Valerin Dental Group in Peoria for a professional teeth whitening or you want to avoid an unnecessary trip to your dentist, here are five foods and beverages you will want to avoid this holiday season in order to keep your teeth white.

1. Wine

It probably comes as no surprise that deep red wines can stain your teeth, but did you know that even white wines can stain your teeth as well? If you want to keep your teeth a beautiful, sparkling white this holiday season, you'll want to skip the wine and drink water instead.

2. Berries

Berries may be a good, low-fat option for those trying to avoid consuming too many calories this holiday season, but they aren't a good option for those trying to keep their teeth bright and shiny in between visits to their dentist at Valerin Dental Group in Peoria. Dark colored berries such as cranberries, blueberries, blackberries and pomegranates all have the potential to stain your teeth, whether you eat them straight or enjoy them in juice or desserts.

3. Tomato Sauce

Will any of your holiday dishes this year include tomato sauce? If so, you may want to consider making something else. Not only is tomato sauce a bright red color, but it is also highly acidic. This means it has a greater potential to wear down your tooth enamel, leading to even greater tooth discoloration.

4. Brightly Colored Desserts

It's hard to pass up on the beautiful holiday desserts, but if they are brightly colored, you just may want to. If your favorite holiday desserts stain your tongue or would stain your clothes, chances are they would stain your teeth as well. Choose something else instead.

5. Coffee

Once the meal is over and everyone is gathered around talking and laughing, someone inevitably makes a pot of coffee to enjoy. This year, go ahead and pass. Coffee is known for causing tooth discoloration, making it a beverage you'll definitely want to avoid.

This holiday season, enjoy the food and festivities without ruining your teeth in the process. Avoid these five foods that stain your teeth and be sure to visit your dentist at Valerin Dental Group in Peoria for professional teeth whitening or cleanings as needed.