Thanksgiving and Your Teeth

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Thanksgiving is finally upon us, and our team here at Legacy Dental Group wanted to express to you how thankful we are for having you as part of our dental family.  Our practice thrives because of all of our wonderful patients, and we are honored that you continue to choose us to keep your smile healthy and beautiful.  In the Thanksgiving spirit, we have a few tips to keep your teeth and smile healthy during this holiday.

Most of your will sit down to a table full of stuffing, mashed potatoes, rolls, pies, and cakes.  These carbohydrate-rich, sugary foods can have an adverse effect on your oral health.  But there is good news! There are ways, and foods that you can eat, to combat tooth decay, so that you can still enjoy a slice of mom’s amazing pumpkin pie.

  • Try to eat a balanced meal.  If you tend to go heavy on the carb-rich foods, balance them out with proteins and vegetables.  This will help to offset some of the acids that are produced when sugar and bacteria in the mouth come together.
  • Load up on the turkey.  Rich in phosphorous, turkey helps to keep your teeth healthy as calcium combines with phosphorous and Vitamin D to produce teeth and bones.
  • Choose natural cranberries.  The canned cranberries are usually loaded with sugar, but recent research by Hyun “Michel” Koo DDS, PH.D. at the University of Rochester Medical Center, shows that natural cranberries are low in sugar, high in antioxidants, and also have been shown to disrupt the enzymes in your mouth that leads to the development of plaque.  The antioxidants have been shown to help your body remove toxins, and aid in mental health, relieving stress, anxiety, or even depression.
  • If you are going to snack, choose vegetables or cheese.  It is almost inevitable that you are going to snack.  it may be during a commercial of the football game, or while catching up with loved ones while waiting for the turkey to finish cooking.  But snacking all day can hinder your oral health, because when you snack, the saliva in your mouth doesn’t get a chance to get your teeth clean.  If you are going to snack, choose crunchy vegetables or cheese.  The calcium in cheese helps strengthen teeth, and both fiber-rich vegetables, and cheese help to stimulate saliva in the mouth.
  • Don’t forget your toothbrush or floss.  Of course we were going to mention this!  You can find a travel or disposable toothbrush at almost any grocery store or pharmacy.   Brushing daily after meals is ultimately the best way to protect against tooth decay.  If you are travelling and don’t want to carry a toothbrush, just take some floss with you.  It is easy to carry with you anywhere, and better than doing nothing at all.

Most important of all, we hope that you have a great Thanksgiving holiday with your friends and family.  We truly appreciate each and every one of our patients, and think of you all as family.  If you do happen to have a dental problem arise this holiday weekend, we do have appointments available next week, and would be happy to help in any way that we can.  You can visit our website to request an  appointment, or call us directly at 602-993-4200 to schedule an appointment.

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