Thanksgiving is a time to have a meal with friends, family and loved ones, and enjoy one another’s company. All that delicious food is enticing, but you need to be wary of the effects it will ultimately have on your teeth. If you are trying to do more for the well-being of your dental health, then there are a few things to keep in mind.
Sugary foods are some of the most detrimental to your enamel. A slice of pumpkin pie after a meal is OK, but you need to be mindful that you are not overdoing it, especially since Thanksgiving entails a lot of leftovers. Be sure you are not eating too many cookies and candies during the long weekend.
Eat Balanced Meals
As you are filling up your plate for the holiday feast, make sure you are getting a good balance of food. Make sure you get plenty of vegetables, fruits, carbohydrates and other essential food groups. Some foods such as raw carrots are actually beneficial to your teeth because they serve as natural cleaning tools.
Have Your Toothbrush
If you are traveling to visit family, make sure you pack your toothbrush. In the event you forget it, pick one up at the airport or a nearby store. You do not want to go an entire weekend without cleaning your pearly whites.
Although everyone focuses on the big meal, you should also be mindful of how much you graze throughout the weekend. It is easy to mindlessly eat a bunch of little candies or chips without even realizing how much you are truly consuming. Constantly exposing enamel to acidity can wear them down. Make sure there is plenty of time where you are not eating.
Although Thanksgiving is often associated with pigging out for a weekend, you always need to care for your teeth. With proper precautions, you can enjoy the holidays without worrying about your oral health.
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