Thanksgiving is a day of giving thanks for blessings and spending time with friends and family. It is also a time surrounded by food, wine and dessert! We all know that avoiding sweets simply isn’t going to happen over the holidays. Life is about balance right? It is best for you to be aware and take some extra care of your teeth during the holiday season. Here are a few tips for surviving the sweets and overabundance of the holidays as well as foods that your teeth actually love.

Tips to Follow for Healthy Holidays

  • Indulge in MODERATION when it comes to STICKY & SUGARY FOOD – If these foods sit in your mouth too long, they will most definitely increase your chance of tooth decay
  • PLAN your menu – Include cheese, nuts, raw veggies and cranberries.. Cheese is an excellent source of calcium which helps strengthen teeth and neutralize acids that can cause decay. Nuts and veggies increase saliva production, which is mineral rich and acts as a cleanser for your teeth.
  • REDUCE Meal Time – Don’t spend all day snacking. Your teeth can get exposed to acids in foods that can cause bacteria to build up, leading to decay. 
  • CHEW GUM – Sugar free gum helps increase saliva flow and is a good option when you aren’t able to brush or floss during the day.
  • DRINK lots of WATER – This will help offset the constant acid attacks on your teeth. Sugary and sticky foods won’t be able to hang out inside your mouth for long periods of time.  
  • CLEAN UP – Take the time to brush and floss. Don’t brush too hard, but do spend a few extra minutes getting those back molars and your tongue. 

Three Reasons Your Teeth Actually Love Turkey Day

  • PUMPKINS – Did you know pumpkin is great for teeth? Pumpkin is full of enamel-building Vitamin A, fiber and potassium. Pumpkin seeds are a good source of magnesium, which strengthens teeth.
  • PROTEIN – Turkey is typically the main attraction of the Thanksgiving table. It is loaded with protein, making it a fan favorite for both your body and smile. Protein has phosphorus in it, and when phosphorus mixes with calcium and vitamin D, it creates strong bones and teeth. So, you can rest assured that turkey is a healthy option for a beautiful smile.
  • PRODUCE – This is where the side dishes can shine. Thanksgiving favorites are the veggie dishes filled with nutrients and fiber. Nutrients (like carbs, fats and proteins) build strong bones and teeth, while fiber stimulates salvia flow, which acts as a natural antibacterial defense against decay. Remember to take it easy on butter-heavy veggie dishes, such as casseroles.

Keep moderation in mind! With these tips, it is possible to enjoy a delicious holiday meal without jeopardizing your sparkling, beautiful smile. 

Happy Thanksgiving from our family at Alabama Smile Design to yours!

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