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Give Thanks: 3 Ways to Take Better Care of Your Teeth at Thanksgiving

November 3, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — oshkoshcomplete @ 5:55 pm
older couple smiling and celebrating Thanksgiving

There is no better time to share what it is that you are grateful for than at Thanksgiving. While your family and friends may be at the top of your list, you shouldn’t neglect your oral and overall health as well. The fact that your smile plays a key role in your mental, physical, and emotional well-being is something no one should take for granted, so if you’re looking for ways to appreciate your teeth this Thanksgiving, here are 3 things you can do throughout the holidays.

What Kind of Role Does Your Smile Play in Overall Health?

Serving as the gateway for your body, the mouth consists of teeth, gums, bones, and other important structures that work together to ensure proper digestion and health.

If teeth become plagued with decay, or your gums suffer from a bacterial infection, it can pose a threat to the rest of your body. You may be unable to eat nutrient-rich foods, which can lead to malnutrition, diabetes, or other serious conditions.

By keeping your teeth, gums, and oral anatomy in optimal shape, you position yourself to enjoy better overall health and wellness year after year. Instead of worrying about cavities and gum disease plaguing your bloodstream, you can focus more on enjoying a functional, beautiful smile that looks and feels great.

What Can You Do to Take Better Care of Your Teeth at Thanksgiving?

The temptation of sweets and starches cannot be overlooked when seated at the Thanksgiving table. But if you want to make sure that your teeth do not suffer the consequences of overindulgence and plaque accumulation, you may want to consider the following:

  • Eat Sweets and Carbs in Moderation – No one is saying you must pass up your grandma’s famous pumpkin pie, but having a single slice instead of three or four can make a big difference. Eating too much sweet potato casserole (with marshmallows and brown sugar), desserts, rolls, and other starchy foods can cause bad oral bacteria to form, resulting in cavities. Instead, eat these in moderation so that your plate isn’t packed with these unhealthy dishes.
  • Drink More Water – Everyone loves a good glass of wine with their meal, but if you tend to consume an entire bottle during dinner, it’s time to rethink your decision. While having a small amount of your favorite beverage, incorporate a glass of water with it. This will help you stay hydrated and keep saliva production moving smoothly so harmful particles are flushed out.
  • Don’t Dismiss Your Oral Hygiene Routine – You may be tempted to stay up late while visiting family this Thanksgiving, but do not neglect your oral hygiene routine. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing like normal is the most effective way to minimize your chances of tooth decay and possible cavity formation during the holidays.

Thanksgiving doesn’t have to be a time of avoiding your favorite foods. Instead, be smart about your choices and pay attention to what you consume so that you can spend the holidays with family and friends, not with your emergency dentist.

About the Author
At Oshkosh Complete Dentistry, Dr. Bob Heil and his team know the holidays can be a difficult time for patients, as they attempt to navigate ways to safeguard their smiles. With sweets around every corner, it can be hard to avoid cavities this time of year. Fortunately, our team is here to offer recommendations and solutions to help minimize the risk so that an emergency dentist’s appointment doesn’t derail your time with family and friends. Contact us at (920) 235-0320 if you would like tips to make it through Thanksgiving.

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