Thanksgiving is a family gathering occasion. We all love thanksgiving food and Bloomfield dental center cares about your teeth and we want you to enjoy the food, blow some tips to take care of your teeth while you enjoying the food:
Skip the sugar
Stay away from the sugary sides as much as possible. Sugar can do quite a number on your teeth. Cranberry sauce specifically is singularly damaging to teeth. However, if you can have fresh cranberry sauce with significantly less sugar, the flavonoids in cranberries can prevent plaque build up and get rid of bacteria.
Beware the Starches
Cornbread and stuffing are also loved by bacteria that produce acids that lead to cavities. The starches convert to sugar when you eat them, and that’s what the bacteria feed upon. Reduce your portions of starches this Thanksgiving – swap them for more protein and vegies – and drink lots of water.
Avoid enamel stains
The enamel on your teeth does not like acid because it softens it, giving bacteria a better chance of causing cavities. Major culprits are wine and cranberry juice because of their high acidity. Reduce the impact of the acid with sips of water and bites of non-acidic foods. Be sure you don’t brush for at least 30 minutes after eating highly acidic foods because your toothbrush bristles can damage your softened enamel.
Stick to Pumpkins
Pumpkins are decorative and delicious, but did you know they’re good for your teeth too? Pumpkin pulp is filled with enamel-building Vitamin A, fiber and potassium. Your chompers love all parts of the pumpkin – including their seeds! Pumpkin seeds are a good source of magnesium, a nutrient that can strengthen teeth.Pumpkins aren’t just for eating – they make fabulous decorations for your Turkey Day table. Make a pumpkin party cooler, custom centerpiece or place card holders. The pumpkin possibilities are endless!