Tips For a Healthy Thanksgiving
Halloween has candy written all over it, but Thanksgiving also has a handful of yummy treats that could create issues for your teeth. When the holidays are mentioned, food is definitely a common topic of interest. While some people are turning over a new leaf and trying to cook healthier recipes for Thanksgiving, it is not always easy to escape those traditional holiday dishes that Grandma loves to make.
To make it quick and easy for you, try to avoid the following Thanksgiving foods that are bad for your teeth:
- Pie (ie: apple, pecan, chess, pumpkin etc.)
- Sticky or sugary desserts
- Cranberry Sauce
- Sweet Potato Casserole (marshmallows and brown sugar)
- Soft drinks
Of course, we all know that we’re going to eat all that stuff anyway! Just be sure to remind yourself to brush your teeth and FLOSS after you’re all done.
For many families, the food spread is usually plentiful on Thanksgiving – talk about an overwhelming buffet! Try to focus on less sugary or sticky treats to eat. But of course, what is a holiday without indulging a bit and just having a merry ole time?
How To Keep Up with Dental Hygiene This Thanksgiving
Wash it away? When eating often, it is important to drink a lot of water in order to rinse a lot of the sneaky lingering food particles from your teeth. Coffee may be tempting to keep you alert and ready for the upcoming Black Friday shopping, but water will better help to clear breeding bacteria that hides in hard to reach places in your mouth. Plus, coffee easily stains teeth and can be full of sugar if drank with fancy creams or sweet syrups. Snacking all day also doesn’t allow your saliva to tackle bacteria; therefore, drinking a lot of water all day will ensure less plaque and a more brilliant smile.
Want to be extra prepared this coming Thanksgiving? Brush and floss in the middle of the day in addition to the morning and before bed. Mom, put travel tooth brushes in your purse for the whole family so that no matter where you are, you can wash away that trapped pecan pie or homemade brownies from those molars. At least you and your family can enjoy some dessert without too many oral issues if you frequently brush and floss.
Healthy Thanksgiving Classics
Lost on what good thanksgiving foods to eat for your teeth to choose? Turkey, stuffing, and green bean casserole are all pretty good choices. Even the appetizer veggie tray and mashed potatoes are delicious and better for those pearly whites. Some gravy recipes are even better for you than a few spoonfuls of cranberry sauce. Crazy! Essentially, if it is richly colored (red) or sugar saturated, it is probably best to avoid it.
A holiday spent with family and friends should not lead to tooth decay. Eat accordingly. Don’t forget that we are here for your dental excellence and health, so please request an appointment with us! Have a happy and healthy Thanksgiving from all of us at Snodgrass-King.