Nov 25 2013

Thanksgiving Teeth Tips

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We all have a lot of things to be thankful for this year, and healthy teeth should be one of them! So while you’re celebrating family, giving thanks, and of course eating delicious food, we want to make sure that you’re treating your teeth right. So here’s a few tips to remember on Turkey Day that will help give you a smile to be thankful for.

 

Drink lots of water while you eat.

When you eat food all day (which seems to happen a lot on days like Thanksgiving), your saliva doesn’t do as good of a job cleaning your teeth throughout the day. That makes it a lot easier for bacteria to breed. But if you drink lots of water while you’re eating and in between meals, it acts a bit like a tooth cleaner, washing away a lot of food particles. If you’re not drinking water, these particles stay in your teeth all throughout the day, which doesn’t bode well for the health of your smile. So make sure you have lots of H2O to go with your turkey, mashed potatoes and gravy! Bonus: it will keep you hydrated!

 

Beware of foods that can stain your teeth.

Unfortunately, some of the most delicious foods on the table may be the worst for your teeth. Keep an eye out for cranberries, and pies that have a lot of coloring to them. When you eat those foods, the color can rub off and stain your teeth. And if you’re having a few adult beverages with your meal, the same goes for red wine. Plus, pecan pie and other sticky foods will stick to your teeth and wear away at your enamel – if you want to indulge in all that Thanksgiving has to offer, make sure you brush immediately after the meal.

 

Be thankful for travel toothbrushes.

Even if you go to a family or friends’ house to celebrate and give thanks, put a travel toothbrush into your bag or purse before you go. Normally brushing twice a day (morning and night) does the trick, but on Thanksgiving it will really pay off if you sneak away after your big meal and brush your teeth. It will greatly cut down your risk of cavities, and make your breath minty fresh for when you’re hugging family and friends goodbye!

Enjoy a delicious meal with your family and friends.

Even though we’ve spent most of this post giving you tips on what to avoid on the Thanksgiving table, the holiday is about giving thanks for the good things in your life. Food is one of them. Don’t be afraid to eat, drink, and be merry with your loved ones. Just remember to brush afterwards!

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