By Kelsi Matylewicz/ Benco Dental Intern
Some Thanksgiving table traditions can affect your oral health, but there are some simple ways you can help battle cavities while still enjoying your favorite holiday trimmings.
Try to pair carb-heavy foods (stuffing, rolls, pies, cakes) with some protein (turkey). This helps to counteract some of the acids produced when sugars and bacteria in the mouth come together.
Limit your consumption of sticky foods. These foods take longer to chew, meaning they stay in the mouth longer and increase cavity risk.
Don’t forget to carry a travel toothbrush with you to your Thanksgiving meal destination. If for some reason you can’t brush your teeth, rinse with water to rid of debris and acids in your mouth.
Finally, (even though we all know it’s hard to do) try not to graze so much because every time you do, it is adding more acids.
By following these simple holiday dental care tips, provided by Best Dentist News, you can keep your teeth and gums healthy while still enjoying all of your favorite holiday foods!
PS: Another friendly reminder, include your five major food groups :
- Milk: Great in mashed potatoes.
- Meat: Plain old turkey or ham.
- Grains: Stuffing and warm bread drizzled with butter.
- Vegetables: Yummy yams and broccoli casserole.
- Fruits: Cranberry sauce and delicious fruit salad.
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