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3 Easy Tips for a Tooth-Friendly Thanksgiving

November 14, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — lubbockdentist @ 4:27 pm
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Thanksgiving is around the corner which for many people means planning to host family and friends or cooking for the big day. You likely are busy with all the prep work of cleaning and crossing off each item from your grocery shopping list. It’s easy to get caught up in the festive spirit, but your dentist wants to remind you that it’s important to remember your teeth even during special occasions. After all, it’s important to express gratitude for the role they play in helping you eat and speak every day. Keep reading to learn 3 tips that can keep your teeth healthy this holiday.

Tip #1: Reduce Sugar

This time of year wouldn’t feel the same without the decorated sugar cookies and warm apple pie that follow a big meal with family and friends. While they make your tastebuds happy, they’re not doing your teeth any favors. Sugar attracts toxic bacteria that produce acids that contribute to tooth decay. If you’re planning the desserts this year, you might find a sweetener substitute like xylitol or erythritol which don’t cause cavities. If you plan to make sugary dishes anyway, you can still mitigate the damage by simply eating smaller or fewer portions.

Tip #2: Eat More Vegetables

Your teeth and gums require different vitamins and minerals to keep your mouth in prime condition. Some of the key ingredients aren’t made inside your body, so you must eat foods that provide what you need. For example, vitamin C is necessary to keep your gums in good condition, but it’s found in citrus fruits and colorful vegetables. Meanwhile, calcium is necessary to keep your bones and pearly whites robust and can be found in a variety of leafy greens.

Filling up on salads or fruits is a great way to boost your dental well-being as well as fill up your stomach so you’re less tempted to gorge on sweets.

Tip #3: Avoid Dark Drinks

There are some popular foods and beverages that you’ll likely see on the dinner table that are notorious for staining. For example, coffee and tea are often passed around to tired guests after eating, but they contain tannins that will darken the surfaces they touch. Similarly, red wine is frequently offered during the cooler months as the drink of choice. Unfortunately, it’ll leave your white teeth looking drab. These beverages also contain acids that wear down the enamel and can lead to cavities. If you plan to indulge, do so moderately and always follow up with a glass of water to rinse your mouth.

Following these tips will show your teeth the love and gratitude they deserve!

About the Author

Dr. Kevin Shively earned his dental doctorate at the University of Louisville School of Dentistry where he also completed a one-year externship that focused on oral and gum surgery, root canals, and other advanced subjects. He and his dedicated team provide a wide range of dental services all under one roof, minimizing the need for external references. If you have concerns with your teeth, he has the expertise to help. You’re welcome to request an appointment on the website or by calling (806) 698-8660.

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