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Happy Teeth, Happy Thanksgiving: 5 Tips for Tooth-Friendly Feasting

November 30, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — docmichael @ 9:46 pm
A family enjoying Thanksgiving with good oral health

As Thanksgiving approaches, the anticipation of a delectable feast builds. While savoring the flavors of the season, it’s a good idea to ensure that your oral health remains a priority. This year, you can make your Thanksgiving celebration good for your teeth as well as your tongue!

If you want to make a delicious and smile-worthy feast this Thanksgiving, continue reading. You’ll be the talk of the house with these five tips.

1. Choose Side-Dishes Wisely

When planning your Thanksgiving menu, incorporate tooth-friendly side dishes. Opt for crunchy, fibrous vegetables like carrots and celery that stimulate saliva production and help cleanse your teeth as you chew. Include whole grains in stuffing and sides for added nutrients that contribute to better dental health.

2. Hydrate All Day Long

Amidst the bevy of beverages available during Thanksgiving dinner, make water your primary choice. Not only does water keep you hydrated, but it also helps rinse away food particles and reduce acidity in your mouth. Opting for water over sugary sodas or wine will make your smile happier and healthier.

3. Minimize Sugary Treats

While it’s tempting to indulge in the array of desserts, be mindful of sticky and sugary treats that can cling to your teeth. Instead, choose delights that are lower in sugar or opt for naturally sweet options like fresh fruit. If you can’t resist the traditional sweets, enjoy them in moderation and be sure to brush afterward.

4. Time Your Dessert Intake

Consider enjoying desserts as part of the main meal rather than grazing on them throughout the day. This helps minimize the time your teeth are exposed to sugars and acids, reducing the risk of enamel erosion. Following your sweet treats, wait at least 30 minutes before brushing to avoid damage to your teeth after erosion happens.

5. Continue Your Oral Hygiene Routine

While partaking in the festivities, don’t neglect your oral hygiene routine. Brush your teeth twice during the day and floss. As an added precaution, consider using an antibacterial mouthwash to help wash away food particles and reduce bacteria. If you’re traveling, bring a small bag with a travel-sized toothbrush and toothpaste so you don’t skip out!

This Thanksgiving, give your teeth a reason to shine. By incorporating these simple yet effective tips into your holiday celebration, you can indulge in the festivities while keeping your oral health in check. Happy teeth, happy Thanksgiving!

About the Author

Dr. Michael E. Michel has been working in the dental field for over 40 years, and in that time, he’s acquired skills in multiple treatments. Dr. Michel received his Doctor of Dental Surgery from the University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Dentistry. He is a recipient of the Harry M. Klenda Award from the Kansas Dental Association and has earned a fellowship in the American College of Dentists, a prestigious honor. To schedule an appointment at Michel Dental of Topeka, call (785) 273-0801 or visit the website to learn more.

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