Thanksgiving is a holiday in which we celebrate by gathering with family and friends. But on Thanksgiving, another way we celebrate is by eating, eating, and more eating. Your friends at Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry want to be sure that you also brush… and brush… and brush some more! Here are three tips that you can put into practice this upcoming Thanksgiving holiday.
#1. No Soda
During Thanksgiving, there is plenty of foods going around that already have more sugar than is needed. It is important to pay attention to your dental health and your diet. There is no need to add soda into that equation. Instead of drinking soda, drink milk and water with your meal. Doing so will spare your teeth the stains and decay caused by soda. Water will rinse away any sugar or bacteria in your mouth. The cleaner you keep your mouth in between meals, means the less likely you have a chance of developing a cavity.
#2 Brush and Floss
Since the majority of your day will be spent eating, make sure to brush your teeth in between meals so that your teeth won’t start to demineralize as the food sits on there for a long time. Whether you are spending the holiday at home or traveling to a loved ones, bring your toothbrush and floss with you.
#3 Don’t Use Your Teeth for Cracking or Opening
It is very common for many people to crack their teeth during the holidays. A cracked tooth can be painful, and if not fixed, can lead to extensive treatment. Call your dentist if you crack a tooth! Your teeth are meant to chew food, not to be used as nutcrackers or bottle openers. Don’t be lazy on Thanksgiving. Grab the proper tool you need and save your teeth.
Have a Happy Thanksgiving and don’t forget to apply these tips during your holiday! Make sure to also schedule your dental cleaning and checkup with Gateway Oaks Family Dentistry as 2014 is just around the corner. You don’t want to lose all your dental benefits for the year as they will expire on December 31, 2013.