November has arrived and that means Thanksgiving is just around the corner! While this wonderful holiday brings family together and gives us the opportunity to give thanks for the things we appreciate in our lives, it is also typically
accompanied by a maelstrom of food and feasting. Many of these bread rolls, pecan pies, cakes, cranberry sauces, etc. are rich, sugary foods that can wreak havoc on your oral health. Here are Mitchell Dentistry’s top tips to enjoy your Thanksgiving while maintaining good oral hygiene.
- Try to eat a balanced meal that includes vegetables, fruits, protein, carbohydrates, etc. This will not only help you to feel more full (reducing the risk of over-eating), but it will also counteract some of the acids from sugars and bacteria in the mouth. In addition, try not to graze. Every time you eat, acids are produced in your mouth. The best way to accomplish this is to have a sit-down dinner with your family and do most of your eating at one time.
- Limit your consumption of sweet, sticky and sugary foods. Not only do these foods take longer to chew (meaning you’ll produce more acid to break them down), but they also contain large amounts of sugar. This sugar, combined with other acids you’re producing in your mouth, can increase your risk of developing cavities.
- If you’re traveling to a relative’s home, pack a toothbrush! Remember to brush after your meal and your teeth will thank you. If for some reason you don’t have access to a toothbrush, try to rinse your mouth out with mouthwash or at the very least, with water.
Follow these as best you can and you will be thankful for a healthy mouth! Happy Thanksgiving from all of us at Mitchell Dentistry!