Thanksgiving Dental Tips for Bostonians: Keep Your Smile Healthy and Bright
Thanksgiving is a time for family, friends, and food. But all that food can take a toll on your teeth and smile. With a little planning and care, you can enjoy your Thanksgiving feast without sacrificing your oral health.
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Here are a few tips for keeping your smile bright and healthy during the Thanksgiving season:
- Limit sugary drinks. Sugary drinks, such as soda, juice, and alcohol, are a major cause of tooth decay. Instead, opt for water or unsweetened beverages, such as tea or coffee.
- Avoid sticky foods. Sticky foods, such as candy, caramels, and taffy, can cling to your teeth and lead to cavities. If you must have a sweet treat, choose something that melts quickly in your mouth, such as chocolate or hard candy.
- Brush and floss after meals. This is especially important after Thanksgiving dinner, when you’ve likely eaten a lot of sugary and sticky foods. Brushing and flossing will help to remove any food particles that could lead to cavities.
- Chew sugar-free gum. Chewing sugar-free gum after meals can help to increase saliva production, which washes away food particles and helps to prevent plaque buildup.
- See your dentist for regular checkups and cleanings. This is the best way to prevent tooth decay and gum disease.
Here are some additional tips for protecting your teeth during the holiday season:
- Be mindful of what you snack on. Avoid sugary snacks, such as candy, cookies, and chips. Instead, choose healthy snacks, such as fruits, vegetables, nuts, and seeds.
- Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated helps to keep your mouth moist and prevents plaque buildup.
- Don’t use your teeth as tools. Avoid using your teeth to open bottles, packages, and other objects. This can damage your teeth and lead to dental problems.
To learn more about how to keep your smile healthy during the holidays Contact Boston Dental at any of our convenient locations to schedule a consultation or visit BostonDental.com.