Thanksgiving is an amazing holiday. It is a time to gather with friends and family and enjoy some amazing food (usually we enjoy this too much!). And while we can be thankful for all the things that we have, our bodies, and our teeth, have a little less to be thankful for after the big meal.
A lot of the food we eat on Thanksgiving has a lot of sugar. Pies, sweet potatoes, cranberry sauce, and many other baked goods are some of the main culprits, but you also should be aware of all the soda and juices that can contain a substantial amount of sugar. This not only leads to loosened belts, but large amounts of sugar can lead to increased tooth decay. This isn't to say that you shouldn't eat any of these things, but you may want to take it a little easy, and make sure that you brush and floss particularly well on the big day.
Although we don't think of this as much, many bright foods or beverages that are consumed during Thanksgiving can cause staining that takes away from that smile you are so thankful for. Drinks like coffee, tea, or red wine may cause staining and darken your bright smile. To help avoid staining, you may want to rinse your mouth out with warm water to help prevent those colors from staining your teeth. If you do suffer from teeth staining, you can always call and schedule an appointment for a teeth whitening session to help brighten your smile.