Dental Tips For Thanksgiving Day!
Thanksgiving is nearly upon us and we at Stubbs Dental are so excited about the holiday! There’s nothing we enjoy more than getting together with our friends and loved ones and sharing a delicious classic Thanksgiving meal! But this year, while you are counting your blessings and recalling all the things you are thankful for, make sure to be mindful of your teeth and gums which may be working extra hard through the holiday season! In today’s post, we’ll give you a few tips to ensure your teeth will be in excellent shape after the festivities, and for years to come!
1: Be Conscious of Your Sugar Intake
While this is something dentists preach year-round, it is especially important around the holidays. Whether it be pumpkin pie or cranberry sauce these delicious and sugary treats will certainly impact your teeth if you enjoy them too much! Make sure to brush and floss thoroughly when you are finished eating and consider eating an extra yam at dinner so you don’t eat too much dessert!
2: Don’t Stain Your Teeth
Whether you are eating a delicious cherry pie, drinking some nice warm coffee, or enjoying your once-a-year serving of cranberries you are likely staining your teeth and leaving your smile just a bit less bright. Avoid acidic foods, or brightly colored foods if you would like to minimize tooth discoloration, and make sure to consider a post-Thanksgiving check-up!
3: Mind Your Starch Content
Delicious mashed potatoes, savory buttered rolls, and a seemingly endless supply of stuffing may be in your near future. But you must remember, these are also converted to sugars both in your mouth and stomach. That does not mean skipping your favorite side dish this year, but if you are conscious of your intake and exercise proper oral hygiene when you are finished, your teeth will certainly thank you!
4: Post Holiday Checkups
Even if you have been the most diligent brusher and flosser it is still important to visit your dentist after the holiday season. Existing issues are likely to be exacerbated and new problems may have arisen from all the delicious food you’ve been eating! Include a cleaning so a professional can get to any spot you may have missed and start the new year refreshed with a beautiful white smile!