Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate and give thanks. And while you're counting your blessings, don't forget to count your teeth as well. Thanksgiving is a great reminder to practice good oral hygiene habits. Here are some tips for a teeth-healthy Thanksgiving.
The most important step to take is to begin your healthy lifestyle by eating healthy and nutritious foods, including plenty of vegetables, fruits, lean meats, and whole grains. Also, try not to snack throughout the day so that you are not eating more than you should at mealtimes. Typically, you should try to limit snacking to two times per day at most.
Keep your teeth healthy and avoid cavities this Thanksgiving by brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, flossing once a day, and rinsing your mouth with water after eating or drinking. You can also try using mouthwash for an extra boost of protection. If you use tobacco or chew gum, consider cutting back on consumption or using an alternative like sugarless gum.
Right after a meal is the best time to brush your teeth because plaque has softened from food and is easier to remove. Brushing helps remove food particles that bacteria can feed on and produce acids that can cause tooth erosion and cavities.
In addition to practicing proper oral hygiene, eating a healthy diet is important for maintaining your oral health. Make sure to include plenty of fruits, vegetables, whole grains, and water in your diet. Avoid sugary drinks and snacks that can increase the risk of tooth decay. If you do consume a sweet treat, brush your teeth afterward to remove the sugar and limit damage to your teeth and gums.
Don’t indulge in sticky or hard candies, which can damage your teeth by breaking fillings or loosening crowns. Instead of buying candy at the store, make your own pumpkin pie with pumpkin puree and spices instead of sugar.
Drink water throughout the day to help rinse your mouth of food debris and neutralize harmful sugars. Drinking water also helps increase saliva flow, which helps buffer acidity levels in the mouth.
Happy Thanksgiving from our family to yours!
Have your teeth professionally cleaned before the holidays. Visit Georgetown Cosmetic Dentistry at 2440 M Street, NW, Suite 328, Washington, DC 20037, or call (202) 785-4141 to learn more about tips to maintain a healthy smile.