5 Dental Tips for Thanksgiving

Thanksgiving dinnerIt’s the month of giving thanks for family, friends, and of course, the delicious food on the table. While it’s okay to indulge this Thanksgiving, don’t get too lax when it comes to your dental care. In fact, you need to even be more stringent when it comes to your oral care due to the extra food you’ll be exposing your teeth to. Follow these dental tips for Thanksgiving to ensure you have a hearty meal without compromising your oral health.

1. Shorten Your Meals

A Thanksgiving meal typically lasts much longer than an ordinary dinner. Dragging out a meal means more time for cavity-inducing bacteria to accumulate in your mouth. If the evening is going to drag out, spend the additional time socializing, watching a movie, or playing with the kids rather than continuing to munch.

2. Drink Water

Drinking water with meals serves a double purpose. First, it helps wash away food debris from your teeth. Second, it’s an excellent substitute for sugar-infused beverages, such as wine, cider, and cocktails. Drinking water also stimulates saliva flow, which helps fight off cavities.

3. Ditch the Cranberry Sauce

Yes, cranberry sauce is a favorite for Thanksgiving. However, it’s sticky and loaded with sugar. Other nightmare foods for the teeth and gums include pies (all kinds), white bread rolls, and any foods laden with sweet sauce.

4. Brush!

Most family dentists recommend that you brush about 30 minutes after a meal. Refrain from brushing immediately as this will inhibit saliva production. Try to brush even if dining at a relative’s or friend’s house.

5. Follow Up With a Post-Thanksgiving Checkup

After a night of feasting and filling your belly with turkey and all the sides, make an appointment to meet with our general dentists, orthodontists, and cosmetic dentists. Our dental tips for Thanksgiving end with a routine dental exam, which is something that should be done year-round.

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Edited by Justin Vorhees