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As your family gathers around the dinner table for Thanksgiving dinner, remember that the delicious foods in front of you can easily harm your smile. So, to help you enjoy the turkey, stuffing, pie, and other traditional Thanksgiving treats, we strongly recommend doing the following things:

Drink a lot of water
Water is the best thing to consume throughout Thanksgiving Day. Continually drinking water will wash away the food debris and bacteria that build up in your smile during your meal. Drinking water will also prevent plaque formation and will help improve saliva flow, which helps you further fight cavities.

Limit the sticky foods
Sticky foods tend to cling to your teeth, weakening the enamel and promoting tooth decay. Your smile doesn’t need these damaging affects, so we encourage you to avoid the sticky foods altogether. However, if you do decide to consume sticky foods, like pecan pie, mashed potatoes, and cranberry sauce, please remember to brush and floss your teeth as well as rinse your smile with water quickly after.

Brush and floss
Brush and floss your teeth 30 minutes after you have eaten. Doing so will free your smile from the food particles and bacteria that harm it. If you cannot brush and floss, you can rinse your mouth with water and chew sugarless gum. Now, we know sometimes Thanksgiving is spent at other family members’ houses, so we encourage you to take a pocket-sized toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss to your Thanksgiving destination.

Shorten your meal time
Many people tend to snack throughout the day or drag out the meal time. If you could be considered as one of these people, it’s best to only designate a specific time for food and then spend the rest of the day playing games and visiting with family and friends. This will keep you from continually exposing your smile to acids.

Schedule a cleaning appointment
Make sure you have a cleaning appointment scheduled soon after Thanksgiving Day. This appointment will help you completely eliminate your smile from the harmful food particles that get stuck in your smile during your Thanksgiving meal. Now, you don’t have to make the appointment on Thanksgiving Day, but we encourage you to schedule it before or right after the holiday.

These five tips will help you have a healthy and successful Thanksgiving smile. You can also help your family members by sharing these tips with them! If you have any questions or if you would like additional tips, we invite you to call our office today and talk to a member of our dental team. We are more than happy to talk with you and help you find a solution to achieving the best oral health possible during the holidays!