Appreciate Your Teeth This Thanksgiving

November 10, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dpmgeneralteam @ 2:42 am

Close up of a family sharing a mealYou probably don’t think about your teeth very often; however, life wouldn’t be the same if not for your pearly whites. As you gather around the dinner table to give thanks for all the blessings in your life, don’t forget about your smile. You can show your teeth the appreciation they deserve by committing to 5 simple tips to keep your mouth healthy through the holidays. 

1. Cut Back on Sugars and Starches

Sugary foods and drinks will be abundant over the next few weeks, as well as mashed potatoes and other starches. Although cookies, rolls, stuffing, and cranberry sauce are staples of the holidays, your dentist will recommend cutting back on sugar and starches. 

They feed cavity-causing bacteria that create an acidic plaque that can erode your enamel slowly until tooth decay occurs. Your enamel can’t regenerate, so no amount of brushing will reverse a cavity. You can safeguard your smile by watching what you eat and practicing good oral hygiene. 

2. Avoid Stain-Causing Foods and Drinks

Besides starches and sugars, dark foods and drinks can also come back to haunt your smile. The dark pigments can stain your enamel. 

It’s best to limit red wine, cranberries, coffee, and other stain-causing foods and drinks. If you can’t resist, brush your teeth when you finish. If you can’t get to your toothbrush, rinse your mouth with water.

3. Skip Alcohol

Alcohol is bad news for your dental health. It causes dehydration, which can make your mouth dry. Not only can this be uncomfortable, but it can also increase harmful oral bacteria that can lead to unpleasant odors, decay, and infections. It’s better to drink water to stay hydrated. Every sip will also cleanse your mouth to combat bad bacteria.

4. Commit to Brushing and Flossing

Life gets pretty busy during the holidays, but it’s no time to let your oral hygiene habits slip. Brush your teeth after every meal for 2 minutes and floss at least once a day. Finish your oral hygiene routine with an antimicrobial mouthwash. 

5. Don’t Forget to Visit Your Dentist

Make time to visit your dentist for your semi-annual cleaning and checkup. They’ll keep your mouth healthy and your smile looking its best. You won’t have to worry about an untreated dental problem interrupting your holiday plans. You’ll smile with confidence, knowing your teeth and gums are healthy. 

Your oral health and general wellness are connected. You can invest in a healthy mouth and body by giving your smile a little appreciation this Thanksgiving. 

About Dr. Gabriella Galvez

Dr. Galvez achieved her dental degree at the University of California, San Francisco School of Dentistry, and has regularly continued her training in many specialties, like general dentistry. She is a proud member of many professional organizations, including the American Dental Association and the Academy of General Dentistry. Request an appointment through her website or call (203) 697-8558.

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