You have many reasons to be thankful this year. As you count your blessings with friends and loved ones, don’t forget to show your teeth a little appreciation this Thanksgiving. After all, you wouldn’t be able to eat your favorite foods or smile confidently for family pictures without them. Here are 5 tips from your orthodontist in Northampton to give your smile the attention it deserves during the holidays.
1. Create a Travel Oral Hygiene Kit
You’ll probably be doing a little more snacking over the next few weeks, which means you’ll want to step up your brushing and flossing routine. Create a small oral hygiene kit with travel-size dental products to make it easier to brush and floss after every meal, even when you’re not at home.
2. Watch What You Put on Your Plate
You will be surrounded by your favorite dishes and sides when sitting down for Thanksgiving dinner. However, it’s best to choose the foods you put on your plate carefully. Limit your consumption of sugar and starches by adding more vegetables to your plate. Don’t forget to brush and floss after you’ve finished your dessert.
3. Drink More Water
Water keeps you hydrated, but it’s also important for your dental health. Dehydration can make your mouth dry, which creates the perfect breeding ground for oral bacteria that can lead to cavities, infections, and bad breath. Always choose water when possible to keep your mouth moist and your body hydrated. It will also rinse your teeth in between brushing and flossing for a clean smile.
4. Skip Having Red Wine with Dinner
Red wine is a staple on many Thanksgiving dinner tables, but it’s better to skip any alcohol because it can cause dry mouth. Not to mention, the dark pigments in red wine can stain your pearly whites. If you can’t resist a glass of wine, drink it all at once instead of sipping it to limit your teeth’s exposure to it. Rinse your mouth with water after you’ve finished.
5. Schedule a Cleaning and Checkup
Life gets a lot busier during the holidays, but don’t skip your semi-annual cleaning and checkup. Your dentist will ensure your smile looks its best while looking for anything concerning. The last place you want to spend Thanksgiving is at an emergency dentist. Keep your routine dental appointment at the top of your priority list.
Show Your Smile Appreciation
A few simple changes during the holidays will keep your teeth and gums healthy for a beautiful smile that will last into the new year and beyond. You’ll have one more reason to be grateful this Thanksgiving by following a few tips from your orthodontist.
About Dr. Aaron DeMaio
Dr. DeMaio earned his dental degree from the University of Connecticut School of Dental Medicine and completed advanced training in family and cosmetic dentistry. He continued his education to focus on orthodontics, allowing him to become a member of the American Association of Orthodontists and many other professional organizations. Contact our office today to request an appointment.