Thanksgiving brings family and friends together around tables covered in delicious food. These are all most likely things you’re thankful for, but did you consider adding your teeth to that list? They give you so much to be grateful for every day, and your dentist in Friendship Heights has some easy and effective tips to share about how you can show your teeth how thankful you are for them this holiday season.
How to Show Your Teeth You’re Thankful for Them
Most Thanksgiving gatherings are filled with delicious foods and beverages that are high in sugar, starch, and acid content. The good news is, you can still enjoy your holiday favorites this year while being kind to your teeth. Here are a couple of helpful tips:
- Beware of sticky desserts. If you’re not eating pie and cranberry sauce on Thanksgiving, are you even doing it right? These are holiday meal staples, but the high levels of sugar they contain can cause cavities. It’s a good idea to have some water along with your other favorite beverages to help rinse the sugar out of your mouth.
- Eat plenty of protein. Comfort foods like mashed potatoes and bread are almost always invited to the Thanksgiving celebration. The starch clings to teeth and is then converted into sugar, meaning double trouble when it comes to tooth decay. If possible, try to fill up on a second helping of turkey instead of stuffing.
- Be mindful of your wine consumption. Enjoying fine wine is a tradition for many families during the holidays, but over time, the high acid content can break down tooth enamel and cause stains. Before you pour another glass, take a moment to have a swig of water to rinse off your teeth. This will also keep your mouth well hydrated, which will prevent bacteria from spreading.
- Pack a toothbrush and floss: If you’re going to be spending the holiday away from home, be sure to remember your toothbrush and floss. If the option is available, brushing and flossing after eating is always a great preventive measure to take against plaque-build up and cavities.
There’s no need to avoid enjoying your favorite treats this Thanksgiving, but while you’re feeling grateful for all of the wonderful things in your life, be sure to show your teeth some love as well!
About the Author
Dr. Yelena Obholz leads the team of dental professionals at Aesthetic & Family Dentistry of Washington. In addition to helping her patients maintain the best oral health possible, she spends many hours each year continuing her education in the dental field. Her priorities are ensuring that her patients are educated on oral health and that each person feels at home in her office. Are your teeth ready for the holidays? Visit us online to schedule an appointment or call us at (202) 364-8209.