As we approach the Thanksgiving season, we have a lot to be thankful for here at South Charlotte Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. Along with looking forward to spending time with our families, we are very grateful to see our regular customers coming back after Covid. Helping people improve and maintain their dental health is what keeps us going!
We hope you and your family make the most of the holidays, enjoying your time together over good food and relaxing activities. That said, we wouldn’t be doing our job if we didn’t talk a bit about teeth and gums before the feasting begins! Below, we’ll discuss some practical information and tips to help your family protect your oral health as you chow down on those yummy entrees and snacks!
The Thing About Starches
Let’s start with the savory starches you’re bound to eat in the coming days. We all know that sugars can lead to cavities and tooth decay if you don’t take the proper precautions. But did you know that starches like bread, potato chips, and stuffing can also be bad for your teeth?
Along with the chemical component, the textures of starches can make them cling to your teeth even more than simple sugars. Therefore, it requires a little more work to clear starches from your mouth. We don’t want your family to miss out on the delicious stuffing, biscuits, or any other starches on your Thanksgiving menu. Just know how they affect your teeth and moderate!
Sugars on the Teeth
Limiting our children’s sugar intake is part of being parents. But doing so can be incredibly challenging during the holidays when sweet treats and snacks abound.
One strategy to consider is laying some ground rules this Thanksgiving, such as allowing your kids to have three snack times per day. While you’re at it, make sure you incorporate any healthier options your kids like, such as apples, bananas, yogurt, or nuts.
Another option is to work a dessert into your meal plan. Enjoying little holiday treats during their meals will dull your children’s appetites. Plus, there’s a better chance they will brush their teeth afterward than after a snack.
Food isn’t the only thing to watch out for when it comes to sugar. The liquid sugar in some carbonated beverages and juices can prove more harmful than the simple sugars in meals and snacks. Some sodas can even erode tooth enamel as fast as cookies and candy.
It’s best to avoid sugary sodas and juices altogether. But if your children are going to drink them, using a straw can help minimize the impact because they can still enjoy the taste, yet the straw directs the sugary fluid away from the teeth. Furthermore, including water with every meal can help wash away the sugar while also benefitting your children’s overall health!
Ending with Cheese
Many families are accustomed to finishing their meals with desserts. But did you know that fine dining chefs have been serving Aged Cheddar, Smoked Gouda, Monterey Jack, and other types of cheese at the end of meals for hundreds of years? There are a few reasons this strategy can benefit the kids and adults in your family during Thanksgiving:
1. Cheese comes with a pleasing texture and tasty flavor.
2. It helps to clear food particles from teeth and gums.
3. It neutralizes the acids that erode tooth enamel.
Brushing Through the Holidays
One of the most practical ways to maintain your dental health this holiday is to keep up with your regular brushing and flossing routine. Make sure your children are brushing at least twice a day with fluoride toothpaste. Consider adding an extra session if they are loading up on the treats. Similarly, you might consider having your kids floss twice a day instead of once until your eating routine gets back to normal!
Scheduling a Checkup
Even if you take every precaution to keep your family’s dental health intact, the sweet treats and long meals can make a significant impact on your teeth and gums. If you’re worried about cavities, gum disease, or any other oral health issues, be sure to schedule a cleaning with South Charlotte Family and Cosmetic Dentistry. We can also enhance your smile with teeth whitening or other cosmetic treatments to get your family ready for those holiday photos and celebrations!
Happy Thanksgiving to all of our valued customers! We hope your family takes this holiday season to reflect on the good things in life and enjoy your time together. While feasting on those yummy meals and sweets, remember to think about your dental health. And don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment with South Charlotte Family and Cosmetic Dentistry!