Thanksgiving is almost here! That means that you are probably looking forward to catching up with relatives, breaking out your favorite sweaters, and enjoying a large, delicious meal. However, while Thanksgiving dinner may be great for the soul, it isn’t so good for your teeth. Fortunately, your dentist in San Marcos is here to help. Continue reading for some tips to help you get through this wonderful holiday without harming your smile.
Whether you are spending Thanksgiving at your home, or if you are heading to a relative’s house, you should stock up on some floss. For many families, Thanksgiving is an all-day event. That includes delicious appetizers, main courses, and finishing up with a few slices of your favorite type of pie. Between these courses, take some time to floss your teeth. This will help to dislodge food particles and remove plaque from between the teeth. This way, you are less likely to be dealing with cavities in the near future.
Make Healthy Choices
Even though there are so many starchy foods that are usually brought to the table, like stuffing, dinner rolls, and mashed potatoes, these should be kept to a minimum since they have negative effects on your teeth, just like sugar. Save a large portion of your plate for dishes that are better for your smile. This includes turkey, green bean casserole, and other vegetables.
Go Easy on Sugary Sweets
For many people, Thanksgiving isn’t complete without cranberry sauce, gravy, and pecan pie. However, they aren’t great options for your smile. They stick to your teeth and can fuel cavity-causing bacteria. If you can’t go without these dishes during your holiday weekend, keep your portion sizes reasonable and be sure to rinse your mouth out with water afterwards.
Avoid Drinking Wine
Many people like to have a glass of wine to accompany their meal. Not only can wine cause surface staining, but it is also acidic. This means that it will weaken the protective enamel of your teeth. This is what protects them from decay and other issues. If you want to have an adult beverage with your Thanksgiving dinner, stick to light beer or a gin and tonic instead.
This Thanksgiving, take steps to appreciate your smile. It would be difficult to go on without it! By using the tips listed above, you can come out of the holiday season cavity-free.
About the Author
Dr. J. Robert Donnelly earned his DDS from the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio and has graduated from the Las Vegas Institute of Cosmetic Dentistry. In addition to being a Master of the Academy of General Dentistry, he is also a member of numerous other organizations including the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. For more information on maintaining a healthy smile or to schedule an appointment, visit his website or call (512) 396-5225.