Especially when you’re not the one preparing it, your Thanksgiving meal can be one truly delightful and relaxing experience. That is, assuming you keep a few things in mind in regard to your oral health! You want to dig in and savor every last bite but you most certainly don’t want to do so while you accidentally damage your smile. Our Lake Orion, MI team knows just the steps you need to take!
Step #1: Touch The Food Or Drink Before Diving In
It’s an oldie by a goodie! It’s so easy to become distracted when you’re having fun, which means you might suddenly find yourself taking a sip of a hot drink or a bite of fresh-out-of-the-oven food without thinking. Unfortunately, this can yield a scorched mouth, which will then ruin the rest of your Thanksgiving meal! Since you’re not the one who prepared it, go ahead and rely on your sense of touch to feel before you bite or sip. You’ll be thrilled that you did!
Step #2: Ask Questions If You’re Feeling Unsure
If you’re looking at a particular dish and you’re just unsure about what’s in it (maybe you wonder if the berries have pits, if the dessert was made with sugar or xylitol, etc.), then the best thing to do is to simply ask! Once you have your answer, you can choose to take a bite or to select something else, while you keep your oral health safe.
Step #3: Remember To Apply The Usual Smile Rules
Yes, this is a special day! No, that does not mean that the usual rules do not apply. Remember, thanks to learning from our team during dental checkups, you already have all of the information and knowledge you need in order to prevent serious concerns with your smile. Review the following as a quick oral health refresher, so your smile stays in lovely condition:
- It’s always smart to rinse with water after you eat anything full of sugars or carbohydrates
- Rinsing can help dissolve foods, such as proteins, that frequently get stuck between teeth!
- Don’t eat anything that you know might chip or crack your teeth
- When worried about staining, be careful about pigmented foods and beverages like cranberries or red wine (if you choose to enjoy them, rinse with water afterwards)
Receive The Comprehensive Smile Protection You Deserve
Take the time to sit down with us, as you receive preventive care and any other form of smile protection or improvement that you require! To schedule a visit for in Lake Orion, MI, call Lake Orion Family Dentistry today at 248-693-6213.