Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays. It’s so nice getting together with family and taking a day to remember all of those things that we are thankful for in the midst of all of life’s challenges. It’s a time to gain perspective on what’s really important in our lives, as well as a time to gain perspective on the fact that we normally don’t consume 7,000 calories in a day nor eat for eight plus hours straight as we sometimes do during Thanksgiving. This is where our Thanksgiving day dental tips come into play. With all of the non-stop nibbling that most of us do on this holiday, it’s almost impossible not to have one of the worst days for our teeth that we may have all year.
Here are a few tips on how to NOT make Thanksgiving the worst day of the year for your teeth:
- Drink water while you eat – One of the worst things that you can do to your teeth is to nibble on food all day. The reason being is that when you do this, your saliva doesn’t have a chance to ever really get your teeth clean throughout the day, and therefore bacteria just continues to breed. However, if you drink plenty of water during and in between meals, what happens is the water acts as a mini teeth cleaning washing away many of the food particles that would otherwise lay stagnant in your teeth breeding more and more teeth eroding bacteria throughout the day.
- Brush, rinse, and floss if you can – This should be first on the list, and the only reason that it’s second is because we realize how many people travel for Thanksgiving and therefore, either don’t have the availability like you would at home to do these things or maybe forgot to pack a toothbrush etc. for their day trip. If you can though, make sure you brush three times on Thanksgiving Day even if you don’t o any other day of the year.
- Stay away from teeth staining foods – Did you know that eating some Thanksgiving Day staples such as cranberries and many types of pies can be some of the worst teeth staining foods that you can possibly eat? So try and steer clear of foods that may have strong coloring to them, these same colors will eventually end up on your teeth. Also look out for sweet and sticky foods such as pecan pie which can stick to and erode away your teeth all day unless you brush to get that sticky deliciousness off.
- Bring your floss – Even though it may be more difficult to bring a toothbrush or mouthwash, it’s very easy to take your floss with you wherever you may go. So take advantage of this and when you are done with your meal be sure to get all of those leftovers out of your teeth. Even if you just floss after your Thanksgiving meals and drink plenty of water with them you will be making a world of difference for your dental health that day.
Please take these four simple tips to heart on your Thanksgiving Day feast and then you can also give thanks for many more years of white, healthy teeth, and most importantly fewer trips to the dentist office! We are very Thankful for all of our incredible patients that we’ve had the privilege of getting to know over the years. We wish each of you a very happy Thanksgiving to you, your family, and your teeth from all of us here at Reamer Family Dentistry!