When the holidays come around, it is fun to spend time with friends and
family, eating your favorite foods. Of course, for most Americans, a feast
is the main source of entertainment on Thanksgiving Day. While it can
be great to spend extra quality time with your distant relatives and friends
while sitting around the table, it is important that you take care of
your mouth and teeth to avoid unnecessary dental problems.
To help protect your teeth during and after dinner, consider the following tips:
1. Stay Hydrated
While drinking water is always important, it can be even more crucial on
days where you are eating a large variety of sweet and rich foods. Consuming
water can help remove debris from your mouth, which, in turn, can prevent
plaque buildup. Additionally, you may want to consider rinsing our mouth
with drinking water between bites to improve saliva flow. This can help
2. Brush and Floss Your Teeth Right After Eating Dinner
About 30 minutes after you have finished eating your Thanksgiving dinner,
make a quick trip to the bathroom so you can brush and floss your teeth.
This will help remove any food particles from your teeth, promote a greater
flow of saliva, and help you digest your food.
3. Refrain from Eating Sticky Side Dishes
Sticky foods such as cranberry jelly and sauce can be terrible for your
teeth and gums. In most cases, these foods are highly acidic and contain
a large amount of sugars. Both of these components can cause bacteria
to grown in your mouth. Other sticky foods such as mashed potatoes and
pecan pie can have similar effects on your teeth and gums.
4. Schedule a Cleaning Appointment for After the Holiday
After a holiday like Thanksgiving, you may want to schedule a cleaning
appointment. In doing so, a dentist can ensure that your teeth and gums
are healthy. At The Szikman Dental Group, P.C., our Atlanta dentists are
passionate about helping our patients receive top-quality services. No
matter the condition of your teeth and gums, our team can help give you
the beautiful and healthy smile you have always wanted.
To schedule an appointment,
call our office today!