Are you ready for Thanksgiving? On Thursday, millions of people will be gathering with loved ones to share a meal and celebrate. While we love these gatherings as much as anyone, we also recognize that many of these foods will contain a high amount of sugar and starch, increasing the risk of decay. How do you keep your smile healthy this Thanksgiving?
Common Questions About Keeping Smiles Healthy
Question: Should I drink more water during meals?
Answer: Yes! You not only cut back on your sugar intake, but water helps rinse the teeth and keeps you hydrated. Soda and tea contain high amounts of sugar and can even stain your teeth.
Question: What foods can boost oral health?
Answer: We suggest fresh fruits and vegetables. First, they contain important nutrients. Second, they can have a positive impact on your overall health (and your waistline). Finally, rougher fruits and vegetables, such as apples, carrots, and broccoli, can help remove plaque as you eat.
Question: What items should I avoid?
Answer: We suggest cutting back on sugary foods and drinks. Thanksgiving dinner means pies, cakes, and cookies, which means more sugar than your smile needs. We suggest limiting your consumption during mealtime.
Question: Will brushing and flossing help?
Answer: Yes! Brushing and flossing reduces the severity of plaque buildup and helps remove food particles from your smile. You then enjoy a reduced risk of developing decay or gingivitis. You should brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. You can even bring a travel size floss with you and clean your teeth after your meal. If you have any questions about protecting your smile during the holiday season, please contact our office today.