This week, will you be joining friends and family to sit around the dinner table and celebrate Thanksgiving? While nothing is better than a homecooked meal shared with friends and family, Thanksgiving food often contains high amounts of sugar and starches, a major factor behind cavities. How do you safeguard your smile this Thanksgiving?
Always Take Care of Your Smile
You should always take time to care for your smile from home. You should brush your teeth twice a day and floss once a day. Doing so helps remove food particles and control the severity of plaque buildup, protecting your smile from decay and gingivitis.
Drink More Water
Drink water with your meals! Soda and tea, two popular holiday meal options, contain sugar and can even stain your teeth. Water helps remove harmful food particles to protect your smile from the onset of decay. Water also helps you stay hydrated.
Select Healthier Options
When you fill your play, be sure to add healthier options. Fresh fruits and vegetables are both delicious and contain essential nutrients. Rougher fruits and vegetables, such as apples, carrots, or broccoli, can actually help remove plaque from the surface of your teeth. In addition, be sure to limit how much dessert you eat. Cutting back on sugary foods can benefit both your oral health and your waistline.
Use Your Benefits!
Remember, 2016 is coming to a close. Be sure to schedule a visit to use your benefits before they expire. In addition, we can also schedule appointments for January when your new befits kick in. If you have any questions about caring for your smile or reducing your risk of developing cavities, please give our team a call.