Tis the Thanksgiving season to be gratefull. Are you grateful for your healthy smile? As you enjoy your Thanksgiving dinner, make sure to keep your teeth and gum healthy with smart food choices.
Here are some great tips for a smile-friendly Thanksgiving:
1. Watch the sugar
Whether it’s pumpkin pie or Pumpkin Spice Cake, Thanksgiving dinner can be a delight for your sweet tooth. But all that sugar also serves up a feast for cavity-causing bacteria. If you’re cooking, consider swapping sugar for substitutes like xylitol or erythritol. These sweeteners don’t cause decay. If you’re eating, limit your dessert portion and follow it with a glass of water.
2. Cut back on starches
Starches in side dishes like mashed potatoes with gravy, cornbread and stuffing can feed the same acid-producing bacteria as sugar. Mix up your plate to balance the starch with protein and fiber.
3. Limit foods and beverages that stain your teeth.
Brightly colored foods and drinks look great on the dinner table, but they can stain your teeth. Watch out for red wine, cranberry sauce, coffee and even white wine.
4. Watch out for acid wear
Acid and enamel don’t mix. The acid in wine and cranberry juice can soften your enamel, leaving it more vulnerable to decay. Avoid acidic foods and drinks whenever possible. If you can’t skip them, lessen their impact with bites of other dishes and sips of water. Wait at least half an hour before brushing.
5. Load up on colorful vegetables
Fill your plate with an assortment of colorful veggies, full of smile-friendly vitamins and minerals. Red and orange veggies are usually high in vitamin C (good for gums), while leafy green vegetables are good sources of calcium (for strong teeth).
Remember to brush and floss your teeth after you have enjoyed your scrumptious Thankgiving Feast. And keep up on your visits to your dentist for your cleanings and exams.
Very Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Henry Kim DMD PC in Mission Viejo.