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!

“Beautiful Smiles to Match a Beautiful City”


Pearly Whites Don’t Necessarily Equal Healthy Teeth 

While teeth whitening is a fast way to boost confidence and it is one of the most commonly requested cosmetic procedures at our office, you can’t just assume that because teeth are pearly white, that they are healthy. You can have white teeth and still have gum disease or cavities, just as you can have off white or yellowish teeth but they can be perfectly healthy. 

Many people look to the color of teeth when considering health; they think that for teeth to be considered healthy they need to be pearly white. Most people want their teeth to look good but appearance isn’t everything when it comes to having a healthy set of teeth.

Here are a few tips on what you can do to keep those pearly whites healthy:

Keep those scheduled hygiene appointments

Don’t wait until something is wrong to visit. Regularly scheduled visits; at least twice a  year, are vital to maintaining oral health. Issues caught early are much easier and less expensive to correct. Remember; dentistry isn’t expensive, neglect is. 

Don’t ignore small issues – 

For example, small amount of blood when you brush? Don’t just ignore it. Bleeding gums may be the first sign of gum disease which can lead to much bigger problems with oral health AND overall health.

Floss your teeth –  

Yes, it does help and it is that important. Flossing is the only way to reach between each tooth and remove decay and plaque buildup so you aren’t dealing with cavities between teeth. If the floss isn’t bending, you’re just pretending. 

Watch your drinks – 

The more sugar a drink contains, the higher the toll your smile will take. Inspect nutritional information; you might be surprised where sugars hide. If you must indulge in a sugar laden drink, try to use a straw or rinse with water as soon after finishing as possible. This will help reduce the tooth exposure to the sugar bath. 

Put in the required time to keep teeth clean and healthy – 

Speeding through brushing isn’t enough to get your teeth clean. You need to take a full 2 minutes twice a day to get the job done right. Don’t brush too hard because this can cause other issues to arise, such as gum recession and sensitivity. Focus brushing the front, top and don’t forget the back of your teeth!

Focus on your whole body – 

It’s important to remember that there is a connection between oral health and the rest of your body. Some issues you may have been dealing with for years can be treated at the dentist office. Do you clench or grind your teeth? Struggle with headaches? Facial pain? These can be debilitating but can be treated with us through various different treatments depending on your personal issues. 

Take time to keep those teeth healthy and strong. If you’ve fallen behind in hygiene, give us a call or reserve your appointment today!