Thanksgiving is a day filled with festivities, delicious food, and reconnecting with family and friends. However, Thanksgiving can lead to dental damage if you’re not careful. Follow these tips to celebrate a tooth-friendly Thanksgiving:
To keep your teeth healthy during Thanksgiving, follow the American Dental Association’s recommendation to brush your teeth at least twice a day. Additionally, gently brush your tongue to remove any food particles or bacteria that may harm your smile.
Don’t forget to floss your teeth regularly, especially right before Thanksgiving! Flossing removes food particles and plaque from between teeth that your toothbrush can’t reach. The bacteria in this area can break down sugars and produce acids that wear down your tooth enamel.
Rinse with alcohol-free mouthwash after every meal and snack. Alcohol in mouthwash can cause dry mouth, which is a threat for tooth decay. Chew sugar-free gum after eating or drinking. It stimulates saliva flow and can help destroy any built-up food particles on your teeth.
Consume Fewer Sweets
Try to eat less sugary foods this Thanksgiving. Sticky treats like caramels and candy are hard on your enamel. If you do indulge in sweets, brush your teeth as soon as you can.
Eating a balanced diet is especially important for dental health, especially after eating a big holiday meal. Foods that are high in sugar and acid can erode tooth enamel and cause tooth decay. Instead, make sure to eat a variety of nutritious foods, especially fruits and veggies. Try to avoid foods with added sugars and starches, including soda and candy. Drinking water can also rinse away leftover sugars and acids from your teeth after a meal. Water also helps promote saliva production, which is essential for healthy teeth.
When you eat balanced meals, you’re also helping your body get the nutrients it needs to stay healthy and strong. A healthy diet can even help keep your immune system strong to fight off infection, which is important if you want to stay healthy during cold and flu season.
In addition to a healthy diet, it’s also important to visit your dentist twice a year for a checkup and professional cleaning. If you’re due for a checkup before the holidays, schedule your appointment now so you don’t forget!
Visit Jeanne V. Devi DDS at 595 E Colorado Blvd Suite 603, Pasadena, CA 91101, for the best dental care, or call us at (626) 795-2544 to book an appointment.