Thanksgiving is a day of indulgence. It’s perfectly normal to indulge once in a while, but it’s important to be mindful of your oral health as well. Here are some simple helpful tips.
As you prepare for your Thanksgiving celebration, don’t forget to prioritize your oral health. Brushing twice a day and flossing daily are the best ways to keep your mouth healthy and clean between professional cleanings. Use a soft-bristled toothbrush to brush teeth to avoid damaging sensitive gums.
Hold the floss tightly in your hand and gently work it between each tooth using a back-and-forth motion. When you reach the gum line, slide the floss up and down gently to remove food debris between the teeth. Repeat this process for each quadrant of your mouth.
You can also rinse with an antiseptic mouthwash or salt water solution after every meal. This will help ward off bacteria buildup throughout the day.
Drink plenty of water. Staying hydrated helps to keep your mouth clean and hydrated. Chew sugar-free gum after eating sugary foods or drinking acidic beverages like soda. Gum helps neutralize acids and rinse away food particles.
Make sure to eat a healthy balanced meal to stay healthy overall and keep your teeth healthy for cavity prevention.
While visiting your dentist may not be the first thing that comes to mind when you think of Thanksgiving, it can help keep your teeth in tip-top shape this holiday season. Regular checkups and cleanings are crucial for maintaining your oral health over time. In fact, the American Dental Association recommends that adults and children see the dentist twice a year for a checkup and routine cleanings. During your checkup, our dentists can examine your teeth and gums for any early signs of potential concerns or issues, as well as provide tips to keep your teeth healthy year after year. Additionally, regular cleanings remove plaque from tooth surfaces that your toothbrush can’t reach to help keep your smile healthy and beautiful.
Trailhead Dental, located in Wheat Ridge, CO, is equipped with the latest technologies and modern amenities that enable the best dental care facilities for patients. If you have any additional questions about maintaining your dental health this Thanksgiving, feel free to give us a call at (720) 242-6803. We’re always happy to help!