How to Maintain a Healthy Smile this Thanksgiving

The Thanksgiving holiday can cause major damage to your smile, whether you believe it or not. The countless foods and drinks tend to weaken your enamel, produce oral acids, and promote tooth decay. However, there are some ways you can enjoy the holiday and the food without ruining your smile, and those ways include:

Drink a lot of water
Water is the best thing to consume throughout Thanksgiving Day. Continually drinking water will wash away the food debris and bacteria that build up in your smile during your meal. Drinking water will also prevent plaque formation and will help improve saliva flow, which helps you further fight cavities.

Limit the sticky foods
Sticky foods, like cranberry relishes, mashed potatoes, and pecan pie, tend to cling to your teeth for many hours, making you susceptible to tooth decay. So, it’s best to avoid these foods altogether. However, if you do decide to eat these foods, please remember to brush and floss your teeth or swish your mouth with water afterward.

Brush and floss
It’s extremely important that you brush and floss your smile 30 minutes after you eat. Doing so will free your smile from the food particles, plaque, and bacteria that harm your teeth. Now, we know there are times when you don’t spend Thanksgiving Day at your personal home; therefore, we encourage you to take a pocket-sized toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss with you to your holiday party destination.

Shorten your meal time
Snacking throughout the day can damage your smile. Doing so will continually expose your teeth to the acids that destroy them. So, do your best to dedicate a specific time of the day to eating food and spend the rest of the day visiting and playing games with your family and friends.

Schedule a cleaning appointment
It’s important that you receive a dental cleaning shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday. This appointment will eliminate your smile from the food particles and bacteria that cover and harm your teeth. It will also nourish and strengthen your smile as well as treat any dental issues that may have developed over the holiday season.

If you do these things, you will have the best chance possible in maintaining a strong and healthy smile. If you have any questions or if you would like to know more, please feel free to call our office today and talk to a member of our friendly dental team. We want you to have the best holiday possible, and we are happy to help you make that happen by answering all of your dental care questions. We look forward to hearing from you!

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