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Thanksgiving Thoughts: 4 Tips to Show Your Teeth You Care

November 21, 2023

Filed under: Uncategorized — drschaffeld @ 5:39 pm
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It’s Thanksgiving, and if you’re like many others, you’re looking forward to your favorite festive dishes and treats. It’s also a time to pause and share our gratitude for the many blessings in your life, and your teeth should be top of that list. They’re with you your whole life, after all, and play a crucial role in eating and speaking. Without them, you wouldn’t be able to catch up with friends and family over turkey and pumpkin pie. This Thanksgiving, express your appreciation for your teeth with some extra tender love and care. Keep reading to learn 4 tips from your dentist that will keep your grin in top condition.

Tip #1: Bring Floss

We’ve all been in the unenviable position of having food get caught between our teeth. It’s incredibly frustrating and can even be harmful if you damage your tooth or gums trying to remove it. Skip the risk, and bring some dental floss with you wherever you plan to enjoy dinner, this year. That way you’ll be able to keep your pearly whites clean no matter what.

Tip #2: Be Mindful of Sweets

Many people find it hard to give up sugar altogether, especially with such tempting offerings this time of year. It attracts bacteria that can cause tooth decay and gum disease, however, so it’s important to try to limit your exposure. If you do indulge in something delicious like a slice of apple pie, then rinse your mouth with water afterward to ensure it is cleared of debris.

Tip #3: Watch Out for Wine

Red wine is particularly popular during the colder months, but it has a less-than-pleasant impact on your teeth. It contains tannins, which are known to stain your pearly whites. Not only that, but it’s incredibly acidic and can wear down your protective enamel. Steer clear of the red wine this year to keep your smile sparkling fresh!

Tip #4: Carve Out Time for Yourself

You’re sure to be busy finding everything on your shopping list and preparing for guests this time of year. It’s important to remember to prioritize your own health even with a full schedule, though. Take time twice a day to brush and floss your teeth to keep them pristine. This is also a great time to take a few deep breaths to stay calm and collected because the holidays can be stressful.

By taking care of your smile this Thanksgiving, you can kick back, relax, and be your happiest, healthiest self with family and friends!

About the Author

Dr. Tyler Schaffeld studied biochemistry at Central Washington University, and then earned his DMD from Oregon Health and Science University. He and his dedicated dental team provide a full range of dental services under one roof. No matter the condition of your teeth, they can find solutions to help you get the smile you want and deserve. You’re welcome to request an appointment on the website or by calling (541) 426-3783.

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