Tips For Protecting Your Teeth This Thanksgiving

| November 21, 2014

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It’s time for Thanksgiving! Regardless of your eating habits, everyone wants to enjoy some of the holiday treats that this time of the year has to offer. How can you enjoy so many tasty treats without having to jeopardize the health of your smile? Here are some helpful tips for protecting your teeth this Thanksgiving.

Follow Up The Big Meal With A Stick of Gum

Gum that contains Xylitol can prevent plaque from building up in your mouth. Chewing a piece after your meal or afternoon dessert will keep your mouth cleaner and fresher.

Eat Your Food at One Sitting, Instead of Spread Throughout the Day

Save room for that piece of pie after your meal. By eating all of your food during one sitting, you’ll reduce the length of time that acids and sugars spend on your teeth. Spreading snacks out throughout the day provides plaque with an opportunity to work against your tooth enamel all day long.

Rinse Well After Dark Colored Beverages

Red wine, coffee and tea can cause staining of your tooth enamel, but in moderation they are just fine. When you have a moment, excuse yourself and rinse your mouth in the restroom to wash some of the stain particles away.

Stop By the Dentist Before Heading Out of Town

If you have a loose crown or a tooth that needs a filling, you might want to get those fixed before you head out of the state for a long weekend. Dental emergencies often happen when it’s most inconvenient, and from causes that we could have prevented.

Splurging on a few things over Thanksgiving isn’t going to destroy your smile. But, if you do notice that having a few sweet treats is beginning to set off an area of sensitivity, then it’s time to call Grandview Dental for a quick check-up. From our family to yours, we wish you a Thanksgiving full of blessings!