Happy Thanksgiving! It’s a time to be thankful and express gratitude for all of the amazing people in our lives. At Sunrise Blvd Dental, we hope you are able to spend quality time with your family and friends while enjoying a feast of food.
With all the eating, drinking, and merriment going on, it can be hard to prioritize our oral health. Luckily, simple changes in our Thanksgiving Day celebrations can add up to huge improvements in our smiles. Remember to be mindful of common problems that may indicate a dental issue, such as gum disease. Gum disease is treatable, curable and preventable, and we are on the front lines battling it for you.
Here are a few Thanksgiving Dental Tips
Stay Hydrated. It’s always a good idea to drink lots of water, but especially when you’re eating lots of rich, sweet foods, staying hydrated can help wash away debris and prevent plaque formation.
Brush and Floss. You need to be especially diligent about dental hygiene on Thanksgiving. Even if you go to a friend or family member’s home for the holiday, make sure you bring a toothbrush and floss.
Limiting the sticky foods. The sticky foods that cover the table can harm your teeth more than you know. The cranberry sauce, pecan pie, mashed potatoes, and other sticky foods tend to cling to your teeth and create an environment that allows bacteria to thrive and affect your gums and tooth enamel.
Shortening your meal time. The worst thing you can do for your smile is snack throughout the day and drag out your meal time. Doing so will keep your smile continually exposed to the acids the food produce, increasing your chances of developing tooth decay.
Scheduling a cleaning appointment. It’s important that you receive a dental cleaning shortly after the Thanksgiving holiday. This appointment will eliminate your smile from the food particles and bacteria that cover and harm your teeth.
Our entire team at Sunrise Blvd Dental understands that you have a lot of options when it comes to you and your family’s dental needs, and we value our relationship with you as we work together.