Tomorrow, many of you will be joining friends and family for Thanksgiving. While we love the food and conversation the holiday brings as much as anyone, we also know the potential threat that sugary and starchy foods can pose for your smile. How do you keep your smile healthy during the holidays?
You should always find time to brush your teeth twice a day (once in the morning and again before going to bed) and floss once a day (right before bed). Doing so removes food particles from the smile, preventing bacteria from breaking them down and increasing the risk of decay and gingivitis in the process. For added protection, you can even bring a travel size portion of floss with you and clean your teeth after your meal. Just be sure to leave the dinner table first!
First, try to resist the temptation of soda and tea and instead, drink water. With water, you rinse away food particles without coating the teeth in sugar. We also suggest limiting your consumption of sugary desserts and adding more fresh fruits and vegetables to your plate. Some fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, apples, and broccoli, and actually help remove plaque as you eat.
After the holidays, why not schedule a visit with your dentist? We can examine and clean your smile and if necessary, recommend treatment for oral health concerns. You can schedule a visit now to use your 2016 benefits before they expire, or schedule a visit in January for when your 2017 benefits begin. If you have any questions about treatment or protecting your smile from decay, then please contact our office today.