With Thanksgiving less than a month away, our team at Paragon Dental wants to express how thankful we are to have you as a part of our dental family. Our practice really would not be the practice it is today without patients like you! In the spirit of Thanksgiving, and to show our thanks, we have a few tips that will help keep your smiles healthy during this feasting holiday, and for all other holidays to come.
While we understand the desire to stuff yourself with rolls, stuffing, pies, cakes and all the other wonderful treats that normally flood the Thanksgiving table, this carbohydrate-rich, sugary diet can really do a number on your smile. However, luckily for you, there are some easy ways to combat damage while still being able to enjoy the feast put before you.
1) Try to keep your meal as balanced as possible. If you opt for a giant helping of stuffing, balance it out with a nice portion of broccoli and carrots. If you know you’re going to want to taste test all of the different pies on the table, get in your turkey and green beans first. Balancing your diet will help offset some of the acids produced when sugars and bacteria come together in the mouth.
2) Avoid sticky foods altogether if you can. Sticky foods take longer to chew, and so they stay in the mouth longer, giving any bacteria ample opportunity to make their home on your teeth. Furthermore, sticky foods have a tendency to stay on your teeth until they’re brushed, flossed and rinsed away.
3) Take a travel toothbrush with you to your Thanksgiving destination. I know this may sound a bit obsessive, but on a day that revolves around eating, it’s a good idea. You can brush after eating or between meals, significantly cutting down on your risk of getting cavities. If you forget your toothbrush or don’t feel comfortable carrying one with you, simply rinse your mouth out with water to remove as much debris as possible. This will suffice until you get to your final destination of the night, where you should have a toothbrush waiting for you.
4) Keep the snacks to a minimum. Just because it’s a holiday of feasting does not mean that you have to eat anything and everything that’s put before you. On Thanksgiving, people tend to spend the entire day snacking on the bowls of chips, crackers and candies that are set out on the tables and counters. The problem with this is that, every time you eat something, it creates acids. To reduce acid production, only eat at meal times. Instead of snacking between meals, spend the day talking with family members and playing games. If you absolutely can’t help but to snack, pick out the healthiest looking dish on the table.
Thanksgiving should be a time for giving thanks and appreciating all that you have in life, so don’t stress about the little stuff. These tips are meant to make taking care of yourself easier for you, so we hope you can use them! Happy Thanksgiving!