With Thanksgiving Just Around The Corner…

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Our team at Lilly Family Dentistry wanted to express how thankful we are to have you in our dental family. Our practice thrives because of loyal patients like you. We are honored to not only help you keep your smile healthy, but to have the pleasure of knowing you and your loved ones. In the Thanksgiving spirit, we have a few tips to keep your teeth healthy during this feasting holiday.

We understand that Thanksgiving is synonymous with stuffing, rolls, pies, cakes and all the other wonderful goodies that flood the table. This carbohydrate-rich, sugary diet can really do a number on your oral health, however, there are some easy ways you can combat cavities while still enjoying your mother’s famous pecan pie.

  • Try to keep your meal as balanced as possible. If you decide to eat a heaping portion of carb-heavy foods, then balance that with a nice portion of protein and vegetables. This will help to offset some of the acids produced when sugars and bacteria in the mouth come together.
  • Avoid consuming massive amounts of sticky foods. Since sticky foods take longer to chew, the food stays in the mouth longer, which increases your risk of getting cavities.
  • Even if you are just going for the day, take your travel toothbrush with you to your Thanksgiving Day destination. That way, you can brush your teeth after eating, which will cut down on your risk of getting cavities. If you don’t have a way to brush your teeth for whatever reason, then simply rinse your mouth out with water to remove as much debris and acid as possible.
  • Keep the snacking to a minimum. During the Thanksgiving festivities, people tend to spend the whole day mingling and eating snacks. The problem with this, however, is every time you eat something, it creates acids. Spend time with family playing games rather than grazing all day and it will cut down on the buildup of cavity-causing agents.

By following these simple holiday Thanksgiving teeth care tips, you can keep your teeth and gums healthy while still enjoying your Thanksgiving treats. Happy Thanksgiving! And don’t forget to schedule an appointment with us at 712-239-5125

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