Thanksgiving is synonymous with feasting – turkey, stuffing, pies, cakes – you name it. Since these and other carbohydrate-rich or sugary treats are likely to make their way to your holiday dinner table this Thanksgiving, here are some quick ways to take care for your teeth (while still enjoying a piece of your Grandma’s famous pie).
Avoid Sticky Foods: Sticky foods, like pecan pie, can take longer to chew and thus stays in your mouth longer, increasing your risk of getting cavities. Try to limit these foods as much as possible on Turkey Day.
Avoid Eating Hard Foods or Surfaces: Do not crack nuts or open bottles with your teeth, though it may seem tempting in the moment! Use a nutcracker, bottle opener, or other appliances to do the work for you. Caramel popcorn may look tasty, but it can crack teeth, so avoid it if you can.
Eat a Balanced Meal: Carb-heavy foods should be balanced by a heaping of protein and veggies to help offset some of the acids that are produced when sugars and bacteria are mixed together.
Cut Down on Snacking: On Thanksgiving, it’s not uncommon to spend the entire day snacking and mingling with your loved ones, which can create more acid in your mouth. Instead, put down the pie and play games or engage in activities with your family.
Take your Toothbrush with You: Don’t forget your travel toothbrush, even if you are just going for the day to visit family and friends. This way, you can brush your teeth after eating, which will help decrease the risk for cavities. If you can’t access a toothbrush, see our tips for toothbrush alternatives here.
If you take care of your teeth on Turkey Day, you can have your pie and eat it too. Happy Thanksgiving from Allen Dental!