With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we’re looking forward to enjoying time with our families, great football games, holiday shopping, and of course, a scrumptious meal that will keep us full for days. Although the holidays can be great for bonding with family members and getting a little well-deserved rest, they can be hard on your teeth. Here are a few tips from your dentist in Quincy, MA on how to protect your teeth during Thanksgiving.
Schedule Preventive Care
As they say in football, one of the best defenses is a healthy offense. If you want to keep your teeth clean, white, and healthy during Thanksgiving, schedule preventive care to give those teeth the upper hand over dangerous bacterial acids. During your exam, our clinicians will carefully evaluate your teeth for damage, gum inflammation, and underlying decay, keeping your teeth comfortable during that big holiday meal.
Avoid Hard Foods
Although Thanksgiving dinner might seem like it is filled with soft foods that are easy to chew, a single surprise could land you with a chipped tooth or a painful cracked molar. Watch out for turkey bones, tough toasted breads, and nutshells that could damage your teeth and existing dental work.
Watch the Sugar
The bacteria that lives inside of your mouth feeds off of sugar, and when it does it produces acids that erode dental enamel. If you want to fend off acid erosion, try to limit your sugar exposure as much as possible. Skip sugary drinks and go with water instead, which can dilute these acids while rinsing away food particles. When it comes to enjoying dessert, try to limit your teeth’s exposure by not grazing throughout the day. Repeated exposure to sugar extends the time bacterial acids spend attacking your teeth.
Keep an Eye Out For Starches
Starchy foods like stuffing and rolls can become sticky when they are wet, allowing them to cling to your teeth where they create plaque and tartar. To avoid plaque accumulation, watch out for simple starches and opt for more turkey and veggies instead. In addition to protecting your teeth, those kinds of foods can also protect your waistline.
For more information about keeping your teeth pristine during the holidays, make an appointment with Dr. Alaa AlWazzan and his associates. We are currently accepting new patients, and we would love the chance to get to know you and your family.