Tips for a Teeth Friendly Thanksgiving

Nov 15, 2015 — by Mark Tall

It’s that time of year again folks. The weather is getting chilly, and the leaves are all turning shades of orange, yellow, red, and brown. It’s officially fall and Dr. Mark Tall, along with the rest of his staff at Sandcreek Dental in Idaho Falls, ID are ready for Thanksgiving! However, did you know there are plenty of ways in which you can make this Thanksgiving a teeth friendly one? We thought we’d share a few tips on how to start off the holiday season with a healthy smile.

What Your Turn Christmas! It’s Thanksgiving!

It seems that in retail America as soon as October 31st passes and the clock strike 12 am on November 1st a magical fairy comes in, makes all the Halloween decorations disappear and replaces them with ribbons, bells, snowmen, and Santa statues. This seems like an injustice to one of the best holidays of the year; Thanksgiving! What’s not to like? Lots of food, family, laughter, and, of course, lots of pie! Here at Sandcreek Dental, Thanksgiving is one of our favorite holidays!

However, what many people don’t know is that just because Thanksgiving is a holiday centered around food does not mean that oral health has to temporarily go out the window. We have gathered together some tips on how you can make this food-filled holiday a little easier on your teeth.

Tips for a Teeth-Friendly Thanksgiving

Take a look at some of the advice below. It's sure to help you maintain your oral health this Thanksgiving and for the rest of the holiday season as well.

Use a Nut Cracker for Goodness Sake

Many of us enjoy indulging in the seasonal bowl of nuts that seems to be placed on every coffee table in every house. Mixed nuts seem to be an integral part of the holiday season, just as their counterparts, nutcrackers, are.

So use them for goodness sake! Do not, by any means, try and pry open any hard-shelled nuts with your teeth this Thanksgiving. Your enamel is not invincible. It will crack or chip when put under extreme stress. What’s more is even if your teeth do not crack from opening nuts with them, you are going to do some serious damage to your enamel regardless. And remember; enamel doesn’t grow back. You get what you get, so protect it.

Brush and Floss after Cookies and Sweets

One thing that there is never any shortage of during Thanksgiving and the following holiday season is sweets. Cookies, candy, cakes, and pies. All of which are usually within arm’s reach, and ready to wreak havoc on your oral health – if you don’t take care to brush and floss a little more often.

It’s really simple; just make sure to carry floss with you when out and about. If you are in a place where tooth brushing is an option and you’ve just had three delicious cookies, go ahead and brush! Why not, right?

The main culprit in cavities is sugar being left to sit on your teeth and attract the bacteria that causes cavities. Cut if off at the pass, before bacteria have a chance to “go forth and multiply” and you’ll be doing yourself a big favor.

Go for Seconds… On the Green Beans

Fibrous fruits and veggies stimulate the production a saliva in your mouth. It just so happens that saliva is your mouth's natural defense against decay-causing bacteria. Increasing the amount of fibrous fruits and veggies you eat this holiday season can really help you boost the defense force in your mouth. More Saliva means more bacteria-fighting power – naturally!

Until next time readers, have a happy Thanksgiving and keep smiling.

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