The holidays are a great time to connect with friends and family. It’s also a time to indulge in some of our favorite foods. A typical Thanksgiving meal includes treats like turkey, sweet potatoes, pumpkin pie, cranberry sauce, and delicious bread. Our Racine WI dental practice wants to share Thanksgiving dental tips you can follow to keep your mouth healthy and looking great this holiday season.
Dr. Reesman has worked in dentistry for about 40 years, and he continues to keep the practice North Bay Dental on the cutting edge. He uses innovation and technology to ensure every patient is getting the care they need. You can find a solution for your dental problems by calling our office today at 262-417-7326 or use the online form to book an appointment. Today we want to provide some dental tips to follow on Thanksgiving.
The danger of too many sweets
People around the country will be indulging in their favorite sweets this week. And to be honest, even we dentists and dental professionals love our treats. But we need to remind you about the dangers of sweets and too much sugar. So, sugar on its own itself dangerous. What happens is that you have loads of bacteria in the mouth. The sugar will mix with bacteria in the mouth to create acid in the mouth that eats through the enamel.
Additionally, carbs and heavy starches also mix with bacteria to create the same harmful acid in your mouth. When you’re at the table this Thanksgiving, try to take it easy on the sweets and starches. If you do indulge, you’ll want to make sure to rinse your mouth with water or quickly brush your teeth after meal.
Beware of dental stains
Foods and drinks like coffee, tea, cranberry sauce, red wine, can stain your teeth. Some of us are more susceptible to dental stains than others. You know who are. If you struggle with dental stains, try to avoid dark foods and drinks. You can also limit the problem of dental stains by rinsing your mouth after your meal. If you have a longstanding issue with dental stains, you can come to use for your teeth whitening needs.
Stick to the greens
Most of the leafy greens and vegetables are not harmful to your teeth. In fact, most vegetables include vitamins that are essential to tooth development and tooth health, like vitamin C. Even pumpkin pie has healthy vitamin A, just watch out for the added sugar.
You’ll be happy to know that turkey, usually a main course on Thanksgiving, is packed with protein. Just make sure you floss after the meal to keep that turkey from getting stuck between your teeth.
Schedule an appointment today
We hope you enjoy the holidays and that you’re spending a care-free day with the people you love. Give us a call today at 262-417-7326 to book a visit.