Are you wondering what you can do this Thanksgiving week to help care for your smile? Around this time of year, many people start to increase their sugar intake, and unfortunately that can lead to packing on the pounds. It can also lead to development of cavities, though. Luckily, there are some simple steps you can take to protect your smile, and your overall health, throughout this busy holiday season and beyond!
Be Mindful of What You’re Eating
One way to protect your smile is by opting for healthy foods first. Filling up on smile-friendly choices like fresh fruits and veggies, lean proteins, and even healthy fats, can help keep you from overindulging in starchy and sugary treats, later in the day. Since sugar, and simple starches, help to feed the bacteria in the mouth, limiting how many you eat can go a long way in protecting your oral health.
Drink Plenty of Water
Another surprisingly simple way to help care for your smile is by simply filling your glass with water instead of sugary beverages like sweetened tea and coffee, many fruit juices, and most alcoholic beverages, as well. Water helps your mouth to produce plaque-fighting saliva. Plus, it helps to keep your whole body properly hydrated, and can help you feel full sooner, which can help to prevent overeating.
Brush and Floss Every Single Day
Of course, no amount of healthy eating is a substitute for daily dental hygiene. By brushing and flossing your teeth regularly, you can better prevent tartar buildup. So even on long days of travel, don’t skip out on your hygiene routine. Your smile will thank you!