4 Common Thanksgiving Dinner Foods and their Effect on your Teeth


When it comes to Thanksgiving dinner, it’s easy to go overboard – but it’s one day per year, so who can blame you? Curious how these foods can effect your dental health? We’ve rounded up 4 of the most common foods and their effects on your teeth.

Cranberry Sauce

This tasty Thanksgiving tradition is naturally tart, so sugar is often added. Along with added sugar, Cranberry sauce is sticky, acidic and may even temporarily stain your chompers. Eating them with your meal helps alleviate these problems – so keep it a side dish and you’re good. Drinking water helps too.

Mashed Potatoes and Gravy

Potatoes are a good source of vitamin C, B6 and potassium, but they are starchy. The only thing that likes starchy foods more than us, is cavity-causing bacteria – they feed off the sugar in starch. Covering them with gravy makes them even more appetizing to our food loving germs – so plain is technically healthier for you… but who wants plain, when you can have them with gravy?? Thankfully this holiday only comes once per year!

Pumpkin Pie

Pumpkin by itself, has a decent amount of Vitamin A. This nutrient can help keep your gums healthy and it’s one of the building blocks of enamel. However, there’s so much added sugar in the pie and toppings, these benefits can be wiped out! So while pumpkin may be good for you, pumpkin pie may not always be the healthiest choice….


If you’re going to smother these innocent potatoes in marshmallows and brown sugar sauce, then make sure you brush after this meal (or drink lots of water while eating). Sweet potatoes by themselves are rich in Vitamins A and C, which help keep your gums healthy, but the “candied” variety may cause some concerns.

We hope these tips for a smile-friendly Thanksgiving Dinner help you maintain optimal dental health!


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