Thinking About Teeth at Thanksgiving

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Ready or not, turkey time is just around the corner. Days and nights will be filled with families gathered ‘round enjoying cranberries, mashed potatoes, green beans, casseroles, dressing, buttered rolls, pumpkin pie and most importantly, turkey. So as you’re giving thanks for all that you’ve been given this year, here are a few things to remember before you dig in!

#1 Turkey is Good for Your Teeth

The dental benefits of turkey can be found in the fact that it is a great source of protein. Protein contains a small amount of phosphorus, which is great for your teeth when it’s combined with calcium and vitamin D. This mixture is perfect for keeping your teeth nice and strong! So the next time you bite into a drumstick or turkey sandwich, remember that you’re doing it for your teeth. (Wink, wink.)

#2 Saliva Is Your Friend

When thinking about a perfectly cooked turkey or a slice of your grandma’s pumpkin pie, your mouth might start to water a little—and that’s a good thing! The saliva in your mouth will neutralize the acid and help return its pH level back to normal. Also, be sure to drink lots of water during the meal to help wash away the acids left over from the cranberries, pumpkin pie, and any other sweet treat that you had your fill of.

#3 Give Your Mouth A Break

After chowing down, you might want to run off to the bathroom so that you can scrub your chompers clean, but recent reports have suggested to give your mouth a break. The reason for this is all the acid and sugars that you’ve just eaten are on the top layer of your gums and teeth. By brushing your teeth right then, you’d be forcing all of the acid and sugar into your gums and teeth. Do yourself a favor and grab a glass of water to rinse your mouth out with and let the saliva do it’s job. Just be sure to brush and floss before bed!

For tips on how to handle the turkey day feast or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at 501-954-9900 today.

Have a Happy Thanksgiving!!