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Appreciate Your Teeth This Thanksgiving

November 15, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — beverlyrosedmdteam @ 1:10 am

Family gathered for large mealYour teeth are important for more than a beautiful smile. They allow you to break down food and work with your saliva to kick-start digestion. Your teeth also affect your speech. As you gather with friends and loved ones during the holidays, here are 5 ways to give your teeth a little appreciation.

1. Limit Sugars and Starches

Sweet and salty snacks are abundant during the holidays. Not only are they bad for your waistline, but they can also erode your enamel. Sugars and starches combine with bacteria and create an acidic plaque that will eat away at your enamel. With 92% of adults experiencing tooth decay, your dentist recommends limiting sugars and starches to keep your enamel strong.

2. Moderate Dark Foods and Drinks

Dark foods and drinks can stain your pearly whites, like red wine, balsamic dressing, coffee, and cranberries. However, they are staples of Thanksgiving celebrations. You can combat discoloration by limiting stain-causing drinks and foods. If you can’t resist, brush your teeth afterward or rinse your mouth if you can’t get to your toothbrush.

3. Skip Alcoholic Beverages

Even one night of drinking alcohol can affect your dental health. It can weaken your enamel and cause tooth stains. It also causes dehydration, which can make your mouth dry. If your mouth isn’t moist, harmful oral bacteria can get out of control quickly. It’s better to skip alcohol and choose water instead.

4. Commit to Brushing and Flossing

Life can get pretty busy during the holidays, especially if you’re traveling, but that’s no reason to let your oral hygiene habits slip. Commit to brushing your teeth twice daily, if not after every meal. Brush for 2 full minutes and don’t forget to floss.

5. Stay Hydrated

Your oral health and general wellness rely on H2O. Dehydration can occur quickly if you aren’t careful. A dry mouth is an early warning sign that you need to drink more water. Not only is a dry mouth uncomfortable, but it can also affect your dental health. Be sure to drink at least eight 8-oz glasses of water daily.

As you celebrate everything you’re thankful for, don’t forget to give your teeth some appreciation.

About Dr. Beverly Rose

Dr. Rose achieved her dental degree from the University of Florida College of Dentistry and has regularly pursued advanced training in many specialties, including cosmetic dentistry and neuromuscular dentistry. She offers the most up-to-date services to create healthy, beautiful smiles. Dr. Rose is affiliated with both the American Dental Association and the American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry. Schedule an appointment through her website or call (321) 265-3286.

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