Thanksgiving is fast approaching and with it comes the turkey, cranberry sauce, mashed potatoes, and desserts.
It’s a time to celebrate and be grateful for all the blessings we have in life, but also a time to be careful how much we consume. Overeating is not only bad for your stomach but can also damage your teeth and leave them stained.
Us dentists advise reducing the amount of sugar and starches, but if that’s not an option for you, we strongly recommend brushing your teeth several times a day.
Read on to discover how to keep your pearly whites during the holidays and avoid a Thanksgiving dental disaster.
Besides stuffed turkey and savory sides, you can’t have a Thanksgiving table without pies, biscuits, and cakes. While this is great for your sweet tooth, it can be detrimental to your real teeth.
Sugar sticks to your teeth and becomes a breeding ground for the bacteria causing cavities. During the holiday, try to reduce the amount of sugar you consume to keep your enamel strong.
One of the best dental Thanksgiving tips is to try a little bit of everything if you must, but brush your teeth after each meal.
Cranberry sauce is a must on the Thanksgiving table, but it’s one of worst foods for your teeth. It’s sticky and full of sugar, and cranberries can stain your teeth. The same goes for red wine–though a glass or two is good for you, any more than that will stain your teeth permanently.
Our Thanksgiving dentist tip: make the sauce with healthy sweeteners to avoid cavities.
One of the best tips for pearly Thanksgiving teeth is to stay hydrated. Water will help your body digest the food better and keep your mouth fresh. In most households, tap water contains fluoride which helps reverse the effect of the sugar acids.
Our best dentist Thanksgiving advice is to sip on water as you eat the meal to help wash out any food particles stuck between the teeth.
If you didn’t follow our Thanksgiving dental tips, schedule a dental appointment after the holiday. Even if you did follow our recommendations, your teeth may be more sensitive and thus more susceptible to damage.
If you have any underlying problems or tooth decay caused by all the food and drinks, your dentist will handle it and provide you with further oral care instructions.
The holiday season is upon us and we can’t wait to indulge in the delicious food and spend time with family honoring the things we’re grateful for.
These Thanksgiving dental tips will help you enjoy the festivities and still take great care of your oral health.