In a few weeks, many of us will be hitting the road and visiting friends and family for Thanksgiving. While we enjoy the holiday as much as anyone, as dental professionals we know how our sugary and starchy holiday favorites impact oral health. Fortunately, we have a few tips to help our Independence, MO, patients avoid tooth decay this Thanksgiving.
Stay Cavity-Free During Thanksgiving
- Brush Your Teeth: When you wake up, brush your teeth first thing. Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride, and make sure each session lasts two minutes. You should brush before bed as well. Doing so helps scrub away food particles and limit the amount of plaque that forms on the teeth, reducing the risk of cavities.
- Don’t Forget to Floss: Before bed each night, always floss on either side of every tooth, dipping below the gum line in a C motion. You remove the bits of food a toothbrush cannot, and help protect your smile from cavities and gum disease. You can also bring a little floss with to clean your teeth following your holiday meal.
- Eat Less Sugar: Limiting your consumption of sugar helps protect your teeth, so enjoy your holiday desserts, such as pies and cookies, in moderation.
- Watch Out For Starches: In addition to sugar, starch is another bacteria favorite, one that could easily leave to greater plaque buildup and a bigger risk of tooth decay. Be sure you balance your stuffing, potatoes (sweet or mashed), muffins, and biscuits with fresh fruits and vegetables.
- Be Sure to Drink Water: A nice glass of water helps rinse away food particles and cleanse the mouth, without exposing the teeth to additional sugars and acids. Be sure to opt for water over soda at Thanksgiving dinner!
Do You Need a Checkup and Cleaning?
With a routine checkup and cleaning, we help you start the holidays with a healthy smile. For more information, schedule a consultation by contacting Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808. We also proudly serve patients who live in Lee’s Summit, Blue Springs, Kansas City, Grain Valley, Liberty, and all surrounding communities.