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As you slave away cooking the many foods and treats of Thanksgiving Day, remember that those foods could harm and destroy yours and your family’s smiles. So, to help your family enjoy the holiday all while caring for your smiles, we recommend that you all do the following things:

Drink a lot of water
As you stuff your face with turkey, ham, stuffing, rolls, and pie, it’s very important that you drink a lot of water. Drinking water will keep you hydrated and will also wash away debris and prevent plaque formation. Drinking water will also help you increase your saliva flow, which helps fight cavities.

Limit the sticky foods
Sticky foods can easily damage your smile, so it’s best that you limit the consumption of these foods. Because they are sticky, the foods will cling to your smile for hours, harming your teeth and promoting tooth decay. However, if you do decide to eat sticky foods, please do your best to brush and floss your teeth afterward or at least swish your mouth with water.

Brush and floss
It’s extremely important that you brush and floss your smile 30 minutes after you eat. Doing so will free your smile from the food particles, plaque, and bacteria that harm your teeth. Now, we know there are times when you don’t spend Thanksgiving Day at your personal home; therefore, we encourage you to take a pocket-sized toothbrush, toothpaste, and floss with you to your holiday party destination.

Shorten your meal time
If you dedicate a specific time of the day to snacking and eating, your smile will have a better chance at fighting tooth decay this Thanksgiving. Snacking throughout the day will make your smile continually vulnerable to the acids the foods and drinks produce. So, it’s best that you spend the majority of the day visiting and playing games with family and friends rather than snacking.

Schedule a cleaning appointment
Dental cleaning appointments are vital when it comes to achieving and maintaining a strong and healthy smile, and what better time to receive the cleaning than right after Thanksgiving? This appointment will help you free your smile from the food particles, plaque, and bacteria that stick to your teeth and harm the enamel. It will also strengthen and nourish your smile, so we encourage you to visit your dentist for a cleaning shortly after Thanksgiving!

For more details and information on how to prevent tooth decay and plaque and bacteria build up this Thanksgiving, call our office today and talk to a member of our friendly dental team. We care for you and your smile, and we are more than happy to help you!