Learn How to Protect Your Smile and Your Teeth Will Thank You this Thanksgiving.
There is a lot to be thankful for this Thanksgiving. While you’re celebrating with your friends and family, enjoying free time and football, chances are you’ll show each other your gratitude with food. That being the case, you’ll probably be taking in a lot of rich food and drinks.
Rich foods, sweet drinks, and alcohol can really take a toll on your teeth. If you want to do something that will make your teeth will thank you this Thanksgiving, here are some tips that will help keep your teeth clean without inconveniencing your feast.
Don’t brush your teeth after drinking, brush them before.
If you’ve been drinking alcohol, like red or white wine with dinner, you might be tempted to step out and brush your teeth as soon as the meal is over… don’t! Alcohol is great at easing tensions and inhibitions, but it also softens the enamel of your teeth. Wine is full of natural acids, tannins, and dyes that can set into your softened enamel, staining your teeth. If you start brushing while your enamel is soft, you can literally scour the outside layer away, leaving your teeth damaged and vulnerable than before.
Instead of brushing right after you eat, give yourself some time to drink water first. Water neutralizes acids, chemicals, and dyes that attack your teeth and helps wash them away. Take your time to drink a glass of water and swish each mouthful around your teeth before swallowing it.
Strengthen your teeth during your Thanksgiving feast
Rinsing your mouth with water is an important start, but there are some other steps you can take that will allow your teeth to re-mineralize. Alcohol isn’t the only danger to your teeth; you might not even drink, but your teeth will still be at risk. Food fibers build up along your gumline, as you eat. Those food particles soak-up acids and other chemicals, then start growing bacteria. This is where plaque comes from and it can be well on its way in the course of one meal and while you’re eating your stuffing, the plaque is eating away at your teeth. As well as rinsing your mouth in the hour after your meal, there are a few foods you can eat that help clean away plaque and debris while strengthening and strengthen your teeth:
- Celery and other raw vegetables naturally brush away debris while you chew
- Cranberries and cauliflower provide Vitamin C
- Cheese provides calcium
- Eggs provide Vitamin D
Interestingly enough, the most effective thing you can do to protect your teeth would be to brush your teeth an hour before your Thanksgiving feast. Giving yourself an hour between brushing and eating will be enough time be sure you that you won’t have the taste of toothpaste in your mouth when dinner starts.
Don’t overindulge and your teeth will thank you this Thanksgiving
Starting with Halloween, the holiday season guarantees that there will be a lot of sugar, andThanksgiving is no exception. Chances are good that you’ll be eating pies, cookies, and other treats as well as festive drinks like cocoa and sodas. Your teeth will practically be bathing in sugar! This makes it important for you to have the chance to protect your teeth. But, if you’re traveling and don’t have a toothbrush, these tips will help keep everyone’s teeth safe until you get back home.
And, of course, if you have any dental issues during the holidays, we are here and ready to help!