Thanksgiving only comes once a year, so you are probably excited to gorge on some of your favorite foods. But, you should also remember to keep your oral health in mind.
I’m not saying you have to cut out any of your favorite dishes this year, but there are some things you can do to keep your mouth and body healthy while enjoying your thanksgiving meal.
1. Rinse With Water
Chances are, not everything you eat this thanksgiving is going to be perfectly healthy. And that’s okay! According to Dr. Cindy Flanagan, DDS, certain foods have a tendency to stick to your teeth, such as mashed potatoes and cranberry sauce.
If you plan on eating these foods, she recommends that you swish with water to help get rid of any remains.
2. Eat Sugar After the Main Course
The American Dental Association recommends that you eat your sweets shortly after your meal as this can help keep saliva flowing in your mouth. This in turn can help prevent tooth decay because saliva washes away leftovers from your teeth and gums and provides important nutrients to your tooth’s surface.
So, make sure you save your slice of pumpkin pie until after you finish your dinner.
3. Don’t Skip Veggies
Vegetables are great for your body in general and that includes the health of your teeth and gums. Delta Dental recommends that you eat an assortment of colorful vegetables.
According to them, red and orange vegetables are usually high in vitamin C, making them good for your gums and leafy green vegetables are high in calcium, making them good for your teeth.
Do you have any other tips for a healthy thanksgiving? Leave them in the comments!
Sources: American Dental Association; Cindy Flanagan, DDS; Delta Dental
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