Although it seems to get skipped over every year as stores put out Christmas décor and start playing holiday music the minute Halloween is over, Thanksgiving is still a favorite holiday for many. It’s a day filled with family, friends and food.
Everyone knows about the damage to your waistline around the holidays, but few consider their oral health when it comes to a day full of cooking, snacking, grazing and eating. Here are a few tips to show your teeth how thankful you are for them on this food-centered holiday:
Drink Lots of Water
Not only does water help fill you up so you can slow down on the food, but it also helps rinse food particles and bacteria from your mouth after eating. By drinking water and staying hydrated, you help your body produce saliva, which also helps in protecting teeth from decay.
If you are going to a family member or friend’s home for Thanksgiving, pack a travel brush, toothpaste, floss and mouth rinse. This is the perfect day of the year to try brushing and flossing three times a day instead of your normal two. Be sure to wait about 30 minutes after eating or drinking anything acidic before brushing, as the acid leaves the enamel weaker than usual.
Avoid or Eat Less of These Foods
Some foods that are popular on this holiday are worse for teeth than others. You can probably guess a few such as sugary drinks including cocktails and sodas. Stuffing and rolls are also a surprising source of sugary starches that can be harmful for your teeth. The same goes for candied yams, although that one is probably not a surprise.
The last course, of course, is the worst: dessert. Try to skip the pecan pie if it isn’t your favorite. If it is, eat a slice and rinse your mouth with water. Wait 30 minutes, then break out your supplies and get to brushing the sticky filling off your teeth.
Eat More of These Foods
Now, if you’re full you don’t need to eat more. But when considering the buffet of choices on your table, try to eat more of these foods and less of the ones listed above. Starting with the main event, turkey is high in protein and vitamins, so get your fill of your Thanksgiving bird. If your spread has any orange vegetables, fill your plate up! Our bodies actually use the vitamin A in vegetables like carrots, squash and other orange veggies to form tooth enamel. Green veggies are also a great choice because the calcium they provide helps make teeth strong.
Celebrate and enjoy your holiday – just be sure to brush your teeth and drink lots of water! And don’t forget to come in for a professional cleaning to make sure your teeth are ready to survive the holiday feasts ahead. Call us at 509-368-7788 to schedule an appointment today.
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