Thanksgiving is right around the corner. As you celebrate reasons to be thankful this year, make sure your teeth are at the top of your list. After all, you wouldn’t be able to chat with family, enjoy your favorite holiday foods, or smile confidently for pictures if it weren’t for them. Here are 6 ways to give your dental health a little extra attention to show your appreciation.
1. Create a Travel Oral Hygiene Kit
The American Dental Association recommends brushing your teeth at least twice daily and flossing once per day. However, you’ll probably do more snacking over the holidays, so you should brush after every meal. Create a small oral hygiene kit to make it easy to brush and floss when you aren’t at home.
2. Drink More Water
Healthcare professionals recommend drinking eight 8-ounce glasses of water to stay hydrated. Your dental health relies on staying hydrated because it keeps your mouth moist. A dry mouth causes bacteria levels to soar, increasing your risk of cavities, gum disease, and bad breath. Drink plenty of water to keep your body hydrated. It will also rinse your mouth between brushing and flossing to keep bacteria to a minimum.
3. Watch What You Eat
You’ll be surrounded by many tasty dishes, snacks, and treats, but limit the amount of sugars and starches you put on your plate. Instead, choose plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables.
4. Protect Against Stains
Many Thanksgiving foods and drinks can stain your teeth, like cranberry sauce and red wine. Don’t let the holidays tarnish your pearly whites. Limit your consumption of dark foods and drinks. Brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with water to remove stain-causing residue.
5. Skip Drinking Alcohol
Alcohol can do a number on your oral health. Many alcoholic drinks contain sugar, which can erode your enamel. They can also stain your teeth if they are a dark color. Not to mention, alcohol can cause dry mouth, which can cause oral bacteria to skyrocket. If you can’t resist your favorite beverage, drink it all at once instead of sipping it to limit your teeth’s exposure.
6. Schedule a Cleaning and Checkup
Although the holidays are busy, don’t forget to schedule a cleaning and check with your dentist in Hamden. They’ll clean your teeth and look for anything concerning to ensure your smile is healthy and beautiful for the new year.
Your teeth are invaluable to your health, quality of life, and general health. Although you probably don’t spend much time thinking about them, they are a great reason to be a little more grateful this year. Give them a few minutes in the spotlight for the appreciation they deserve.
About Dr. Robert M. Pantera
Dr. Pantera earned his dental degree from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine and completed a General Practice Residency Program at the University of Maryland. He is a proud member of various professional organizations, including the American Dental Association. If it’s time for your next cleaning and checkup, contact our office today for an appointment.