Thanksgiving is a time for family, fun, and food. After eating a large meal, you may feel like just relaxing on the couch. However, it is important to take care of your teeth after a big holiday meal.
If you’re feeling stressed about maintaining your oral health over the holiday, you’re not alone. It can be hard to stick to a good dental hygiene routine during a busy time like Thanksgiving. Here are a few tips that can help you maintain healthy teeth and gums over the holiday season.
First, try to avoid snacking on sugary foods throughout the day. Instead, choose healthy snacks like fruits and vegetables whenever possible. Also, try to eat your Thanksgiving dinner slowly. Chewing food thoroughly can reduce the risk of cavities.
If you and your family members will be drinking a lot of soda and other sugary treats, consider limiting them to mealtimes. Drinking these beverages at meals can help you wash down the food and limit their contact with your teeth. However, avoid brushing after eating a meal, as this may damage the enamel of your teeth. This also allows fluoride to continue protecting your teeth.
Try not to drink too much coffee or alcohol this holiday season as well. These drinks can cause stains on the surface of your teeth over time. If you do consume them, try to drink some water afterward to help wash away some of the excess sugar and acid. This will help prevent tooth decay and erosion.
Finally, schedule a cleaning and checkup at our office before the holidays. Cleaning can remove plaque and tartar buildup from the surface of your teeth. We can then examine your mouth for any decay or damage that needs to be treated. Contact us to schedule your appointment today.
Regular Brushing and Flossing
Even if you practice excellent oral hygiene, you may still end up with cavities this Thanksgiving. That’s because many of our holiday favorites are packed with starches and sugars. These substances feed the bacteria in your mouth and can cause tooth decay if they aren’t washed away by regular brushing and flossing. Remember to brush at least twice a day for two minutes each time and floss once a day to help your smile stay bright this holiday season.
Schedule an appointment with Foxfield Dental for professional dental cleanings. Visit us at 16350 E Arapahoe Rd Unit #114, Foxfield, CO 80016. Contact us at (720) 870-0401 or visit our website to book an appointment.