Show Your Gratitude For Your Healthy Smile By Having Good Eating Options For Thanksgiving
Posted on November 14 2019
Are you grateful for your healthy smile? As you enjoy dinner this Thanksgiving, keep your teeth and gums healthy with smart food choices. Here are a few tips to keep your mouth happy and healthy while you’re celebrating with friends and family.
At Thanksgiving gatherings where you often serve yourself, you can end up grazing all afternoon and well into the evening if you’re not careful. Make a conscious effort to set a meal time. This means the bacteria in your mouth get to chow down all day, also. You can help prevent all-day snacking by brushing your teeth thirty minutes after you finish eating. This not only benefits your teeth but your waistline. Remember to stay hydrated before, during, and after your feast. Water helps to clean food out of your mouth. It also prevents dry mouth, which can cause excessive bacteria build up. The more water you drink, the healthier your mouth will be. Drinking plenty of water can also prevent overeating and, of course, dehydration.
Acid and enamel don’t mix. The acid in wine and cranberry juice can soften your enamel, leaving it more vulnerable to decay. Brightly colored foods and drinks look great on the dinner table, but they can leave your enamel looking dull. At holiday gatherings, it’s fun to visit with loved ones while sipping on a glass of wine or a cup of coffee but both coffee and red wine are acidic and stain the surface of your teeth. Try to limit these drinks and accompany them with water.
Load up on colorful vegetables, vegetables are more than just a side. The vegetables at your Thanksgiving feast are great for your teeth. So fill your plate with an assortment of colorful veggies, full of smile-friendly vitamins and minerals. These foods are fiber-rich and contain vital vitamins and minerals that keep your teeth and gums healthy and strong. Red and orange veggies are usually high in vitamin C (good for gums), while leafy green vegetables are good sources of calcium (for strong teeth). The amount of chewing they require also promotes saliva production.
From cranberry sauce and sweet potato casserole to pecan pie and chocolate cake, there are usually lots of choices for sweets at a Thanksgiving feast. Whether it’s pumpkin pie or a marshmallow-topped yam casserole, Thanksgiving dinner can be a delight for your sweet tooth. All this sugar can result in cavities, so limit your desserts and be sure to wash sweets down with a tall glass of water.
It’s a little-known fact that starch converts to sugars that feed bacteria in your mouth. While sweet treats have always had a reputation for causing tooth decay, they’re not the only culprits. Foods such as cornbread and mashed potatoes can feed harmful bacteria just like sugary foods can. Savory foods aren’t as well-known for causing decay, but the starch in sides like cornbread and stuffing can feed the same acid-producing bacteria as sugar. Mix up your plate to balance the starch with protein and fiber.
Your Teeth will Thank You for These Thanksgiving Tooth Care Tips. We hope healthy teeth and gums make it on to your list of things to be grateful for this Thanksgiving season! Here at Fairywill, we’re thankful for each and every one of our customers. At Thanksgiving remember to wear your most important accessory: your smile. Not only will a smile make you look more beautiful, but it will make others feel great, too. A smile really goes a long way. So, if you want a successful dinner party, wear your smile and feel great - enjoy every moment of the gathering and be thankful.