5 Ways to Keep Your Teeth Happy this Thanksgiving

Posted November 11, 2015

Before you stuff your mouth with turkey, stuffing, and pie, think of your teeth. Of course you can enjoy the many Thanksgiving foods and treats, but it’s important that you consider the health of your smile while you do so. To help you keep your teeth happy this Thanksgiving, we recommend doing the following things:

Drink a lot of water
If you drink water throughout the day, your smile will be constantly washed and the food particles will be rinsed away. The water will also prevent plaque and bacteria build up as well as promote saliva flow, which will help you fight oral cavities. Staying hydrated will also help your entire body stay healthy and strong.

Limit the sticky foods
The sticky foods that cover the table can harm your teeth more than you know. The cranberry sauce, pecan pie, mashed potatoes, and other sticky foods tend to cling to your teeth and create an environment that allows bacteria to thrive and affect your gums and tooth enamel. It’s best to avoid these foods together. However, if you do decide to eat these foods, please brush and floss your teeth as well as rinse your mouth with water afterward.

Brush and floss
Brush and floss your teeth 30 minutes after you have eaten. Doing so will free your smile from the food particles and bacteria that harm it. If you cannot brush and floss, you can rinse your mouth with water and chew sugarless gum. Now, we know sometimes Thanksgiving is spent at other family members’ houses, so we encourage you to take a pocket-sized toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss to your Thanksgiving destination.

Shorten your meal time
Snacking throughout the day can damage and hurt your smile, so we recommend dedicating a specific time of the day to food and eating. The other time can be spent visiting and playing games with your family and friends. We recommend doing so because if you snack throughout the day, your smile will be continually exposed to acidic foods that promote the weakening of tooth enamel and developing tooth decay.

Schedule a cleaning appointment
Dental cleaning appointments are vital when it comes to achieving and maintaining a strong and healthy smile, and what better time to receive the cleaning than right after Thanksgiving? This appointment will help you free your smile from the food particles, plaque, and bacteria that stick to your teeth and harm the enamel. It will also strengthen and nourish your smile, so we encourage you to visit your dentist for a cleaning shortly after Thanksgiving!

If you use these tips, you will have the healthiest Thanksgiving smile possible. If you have any questions or if you would like to schedule your dental cleaning, please call our office today and talk to a member of our caring dental team. We hope you have a fantastic Thanksgiving!