Thanksgiving is upon us, and wherever you are planning to celebrate this year, there will most likely be a lot of delicious food involved. Traditional holiday dishes like stuffing, pies, and sauces are high in sugars and starches, which are two of the main offenders when it comes to cavities. It’s safe to say they pose a sizeable threat when eaten in large quantities, as they often are during the holiday. This being the case, your cosmetic dentist in Satellite Beach can tell you the types foods and beverages to look out for, and how your family can still enjoy all the savory treats this year while protecting your oral health.
Which Thanksgiving Foods Pose Dental Hazards?
Even for someone with a full set of permanent teeth, there are several types of foods and beverages that people often consume at Thanksgiving dinner that can pose a threat to oral health. They can be even more hazardous for people with dentures, braces, or other permanent dental prosthetics. Here is a list of a few commonly consumed treats enjoyed at traditional holiday meals that can pose a risk to your pearly whites:
- Pies and sticky desserts: Pies and desserts are often a staple, but the high amounts of sugar in them can cling to your teeth and lead to decay. Plus, their stickiness can cause them to dislodge dentures or get stuck in braces.
- Wine, juice, and tea: Wines, fruit juices, and iced teas are often enjoyed alongside a delicious holiday meal, but it’s important to note that their high acid content can break down the enamel on your teeth if not removed. On top of decay, they can stain permanent or prosthetic teeth, and there is often added sugar, which means double trouble!
- Popcorn, nuts, and hard candies: Snacks that require us to bite down harder than usual and easily get stuck in crevices aren’t great for anyone’s teeth. They require extra chewing which puts excess pressure on your enamel and jaw. Braces are at a higher risk of wires snapping and getting particles lodged in between brackets, and dental prosthetics do not mix well with chomping down hard, as they can crack or break.
Toothcare is important, you should still be able enjoy eating. Keep reading to find out how your family can maintain oral health while still enjoying Thanksgiving.
How Can My Family Maintain Healthy Teeth This Thanksgiving?
The best way to protect your teeth is to be prepared with a plan for an oral hygiene routine. Floss and brush after eating to remove particles and help rinse out sugar and acid. Enjoy a glass of whatever your taste buds desire, but try to have water on hand as well to rinse off the residue. If you or your family members have dentures, braces, or any other dental prosthetics, it is best to follow your dentist’s recommendations about what types of foods to avoid. So, as you eat, drink, and be merry this holiday season, don’t forget to show a little love to your teeth.
About the Author
Dr. Merrill Grant has been providing exceptional comprehensive dental care for over thirty years. He is committed to helping his patients maintain oral health and providing unique treatment to cater to each person’s dental needs. To increase his knowledge, he has taken over three thousand hours of continuing education. He is highly respected by both his patients and staff and runs a practice built on trust and devotion. Is your smile ready for Thanksgiving? Request an appointment online or give us a call at (321) 265-3148.