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Appreciate Your Teeth This Thanksgiving

November 5, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — dr_carter @ 1:41 am

Family gathered for Thanksgiving dinnerAs you gather around the table with family and friends, the holiday wouldn’t be the same if not for your teeth. You couldn’t enjoy many of your favorite seasonal foods, speak clearly when chatting with loved ones, or smile confidently. While celebrating reasons to be thankful this Thanksgiving, here are 5 ways to give your teeth the attention they deserve.

1. Moderate Sugars and Starches

Your enamel is stronger than some metals and is the hardest substance in your body. However, it can be eroded by cavity-causing bacteria created by the foods and drinks you consume. With 92% of adults experiencing tooth decay, don’t let the holidays come back to haunt your smile. Even a few weeks of indulging in sweet treats can lead to decay. It’s best to limit sugars and starches to preserve your enamel.

2. Skip Dark Foods and Drinks

Cranberry sauce, red wine, and balsamic dressing are staples of the season, but they can leave unwanted traces behind. Dark foods and drinks can stain your enamel. No amount of brushing can reverse tooth discoloration. 

If you can’t resist a glass of wine or cup of coffee, drink it through a straw to limit its contact with your teeth. If you have any stain-causing foods or drinks, brush your teeth after you finish.

3. Avoid Alcoholic Beverages

Alcohol is a recipe for disaster when it comes to your dental health. It can stain and erode your enamel, but it also causes dehydration. This can make your mouth too dry, which increases harmful oral bacteria growth. It’s better to skip alcohol to keep your mouth and body healthy.

4. Brush and Floss Your Teeth

The American Dental Association recommends brushing and flossing your teeth at least twice daily for 2 minutes. If you’re snacking more often, brush after every meal, and don’t forget to floss to keep your gums healthy.

5. Drink Plenty of Water

Dehydration can occur quickly if you’re not careful. Healthcare professionals recommend drinking at least eight 8-oz glasses of water daily to stay hydrated. You’ll feel your best and keep your mouth moist to support your dental health. Every sip will also rinse your mouth to keep your teeth and gums clean between brushing and flossing.

As you look back on reasons to be thankful this year, don’t neglect your dental health. You’ll have one more incentive to smile by keeping your mouth healthy.

About Dr. Bruce E. Carter

Dr. Carter earned his dental degree from the University of Florida College of Dentistry. He has also completed the Cosmetic Dentistry Continuum Level II at the Louisiana State University School of Dentistry. He is an award-winning dentist and regularly pursues advanced training in various specialties, like dental implants, restorative procedures, and cosmetic dentistry. Request an appointment through his website or call (770) 574-4540.

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