You Aren’t The Only One Enjoying Thanksgiving Dinner
Most people don’t realize it, but your mouth is filled with oral bacteria. In fact, there are twenty-five different species of the common oral bacteria Streptococcus mutans, with each strain affecting a different portion of your teeth. As you enjoy that holiday feast, these oral bacteria munch away on the food particles left behind—producing acid that can erode your dental enamel.
To give your teeth the upper edge over bacteria, bring along a toothbrush and some toothpaste to your Thanksgiving festivities, and excuse yourself after dinner to brush. Also, keep in mind that sugary desserts like pie can provide an ample amount of simple sugars for oral bacteria. Consider chewing gum after dessert, which can amp up your saliva production and wash away food particles.
Watch Those Beverages
Keep in mind that drinks like wine, coffee, and deeply pigmented juices can dye your teeth, which can make your smile look dingy. If possible, try to drink these beverages with a straw, which will keep the fluids from pooling on the front of your teeth. If you don’t have a straw handy, swish a little water around your mouth after you enjoy that drink. It might seem like a hassle, but it will keep your teeth pristine and pearly white for that holiday family photo.
Happy Holidays From the Dental Partners of Boston!
We want to take the time to wish each and every one of our patients a happy holiday season. We want you to know that we are there for you, rain or shine, if you experience a dental emergency in the middle of a holiday. If we aren’t available, we will do our best to help you to find the treatment that you need. Call us or request an appointment online. Thank you for your business, and stay safe out there!