For many, Thanksgiving is a favorite holiday. It’s so great being able to gather with family and friends and take some time to remember all of those things that we are thankful for in the midst of life’s challenges.
It’s a time to gain perspective regarding what’s really important in our lives, as well as a time to recognize that we normally don’t consume 7,000 calories in a day or eat for eight straight hours as we sometimes do on Thanksgiving Day.
This is where our Thanksgiving Day dental tips come into play. With all of the nonstop nibbling that most of us do on this holiday, it’s almost certainly one of the worst days of the year for our teeth.
Here are a few tips on how to NOT make Thanksgiving the worst day of the year for your teeth.
- Drink water while you eat. When you nibble on food all day, your saliva doesn’t have a chance to really get your teeth clean throughout the day, and therefore bacteria just continues to breed. However, if you drink plenty of water during and in between meals, it acts as a mini teeth cleaning by washing away many of the food particles that would otherwise lay stagnant in your teeth.
- Brush, rinse, and floss if you can. We realize how many people travel for Thanksgiving and therefore, don’t have the availability like you would at home. If possible, take your dentals supplies with you and brush three times throughout the day.
- Stay away from foods that stain your teeth. Did you know that eating some Thanksgiving Day staples such as cranberries and many types of pies can be some of the worst teeth-staining foods that you can possibly eat? Try to steer clear of foods that may have strong coloring to them, because these same colors will eventually end up on your teeth.
- Don’t forget your floss. Even though it may be more difficult to bring a toothbrush or mouthwash, it’s very easy to take your floss with you wherever you may go.
Follow these simple tips during your Thanksgiving Day feast and then you can also give thanks for many more years of white, healthy teeth!