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7Dental Tips 
For 
Thanksgiving 
Dr. Steffany North Mohan 
Plaza Dental Group
Thanksgiving: Take Care Of Your 
Oral Health 
 The holidays don’t have to be hard on your teeth. 
Before you bust out the...
Tip No: 1- Choose Tooth- 
Strengthening Foods 
 Choose foods rich in calcium such as milk, cheese, 
and yogurt, which hel...
Tip No: 2- Beware of Acidic and 
Sticky Foods 
 Foods with high acidity such as tomatoes, tomato-based 
sauces, vinegar, ...
Tip No: 3- Limit Impulse 
Snacking 
 It’s easy to pick up a brownie here and there or 
subconsciously munch away at chips...
Tip No: 4- Use Sugar 
Alternatives 
 Tradition dictates that desserts, pies and sauces be 
sweet as a puppy and kitten pl...
Tip No: 5- Balance Your Meals As 
Best You Can 
 Start by countering the sugar with plenty of 
protein. Proteins in tradi...
Tip No: 6- Have Supplies At 
the Ready 
 If you’re spending the holidays away from home, 
pack a toothbrush for quick spr...
Tip No: 7- Schedule Regular 
Dental Checkups 
 Regular checkups help ensure your teeth are 
healthy enough to handle Chri...
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7 Dental Tips For Thanksgiving

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7 Dental Tips For Thanksgiving

  1. 1. 7Dental Tips For Thanksgiving Dr. Steffany North Mohan Plaza Dental Group
  2. 2. Thanksgiving: Take Care Of Your Oral Health  The holidays don’t have to be hard on your teeth. Before you bust out the bags of sugar and sticks of butter this Thanksgiving, take time to learn about ways you can protect your teeth at the dinner table. Here are seven easy ways you can help prevent costly dental issues.
  3. 3. Tip No: 1- Choose Tooth- Strengthening Foods  Choose foods rich in calcium such as milk, cheese, and yogurt, which help fortify teeth.  If you’re lactose intolerant or allergic to dairy, high-calcium alternatives include tofu, sesame seeds, collard greens, and spinach, all of which contain lots of other health-promoting vitamins and minerals.
  4. 4. Tip No: 2- Beware of Acidic and Sticky Foods  Foods with high acidity such as tomatoes, tomato-based sauces, vinegar, red wine, and citrus fruits can eat away at the enamel on your teeth. This makes it easier for bacteria and sugar molecules to attack the soft spots of your teeth.  Sticky foods like caramel popcorn, pies, and peanut butter can linger on your teeth and encourage bacterial growth. These foods can be especially messy if you wear dentures. Try to limit these foods as best you can, and follow up meals with thorough rinsing and brushing.
  5. 5. Tip No: 3- Limit Impulse Snacking  It’s easy to pick up a brownie here and there or subconsciously munch away at chips and salsa. However, foods rich in simple carbohydrates encourage the bacteria in your mouth to produce sugar molecules that can eat away at your teeth over time.  we all know holiday snacking is an unwritten rule of family gatherings, but try to keep it somewhat under control. While it’s ideal that you brush your teeth after every snack, rinsing your mouth out with water or chewing sugarless gum can also help keep tooth issues at bay.
  6. 6. Tip No: 4- Use Sugar Alternatives  Tradition dictates that desserts, pies and sauces be sweet as a puppy and kitten playing together. But that doesn’t mean they have to be loaded with sugar.  Nutritious fruits and vegetables like apples, berries and sweet potatoes pack plenty of natural sweetness that’s much less harmful than refined sugar. Honey makes a wonderful sugar substitute and without the excess calories or tooth-harming effects.
  7. 7. Tip No: 5- Balance Your Meals As Best You Can  Start by countering the sugar with plenty of protein. Proteins in traditional holiday foods like turkey and ham help buff out sticky, staining substances like sugar and sauces.  High-protein foods also often require more chewing, stimulating saliva production – your mouth’s natural teeth cleaning mechanism. Next, include fibrous vegetables such as broccoli, carrots, and salad greens, which help clean your teeth even more.
  8. 8. Tip No: 6- Have Supplies At the Ready  If you’re spending the holidays away from home, pack a toothbrush for quick sprucing up between meals. If that’s too much trouble, consider picking up a travel-size bottle of mouthwash.  You should also pack floss to have at the ready in case stubborn pieces of meat get lodged between your teeth. On Thanksgiving Day, try to brush three times instead of twice.
  9. 9. Tip No: 7- Schedule Regular Dental Checkups  Regular checkups help ensure your teeth are healthy enough to handle Christmas dinner and whatever they chew on the rest of the year. It’s important to clean off plaque regularly and spot any issues like cavities before they turn into painful problems.  You can visit Plaza Dental Group for consultation or just give us a call at 515.612.7148. Schedule an appointment via our official app today.

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