How to keep the smile healthy during the Thanksgiving holiday with sugar-fighting tips

Dr. Steven E. Holbrook is a dentist in Albuquerque, NM, who visits regularly with patients who have questions about caring for their smiles. While many recommendations are obvious, such as avoiding sugars and acids that can contribute to tooth decay, other recommendations may be made that patients might not have considered. If you are excited about the Thanksgiving holiday, we encourage you to continue reading to find out ways you can reduce the risk of cavies or periodontal disease while enjoying extra time with family–and food!

What are some ways to reduce the risk of dental problems during the Thanksgiving holiday?

Below are a few recommendations to protect the smile from cavities and disease during this busy time of the year:

  • Don’t rush through brushing. It is essential that you brush and floss at least twice a day, even during the holiday season, when enjoying foods high in sugar. This means brushing after dessert to remove sugars from that delicious pumpkin pie!
  • Swap out sugary foods for sugar-free alternatives. If you like chewing gum, avoid regular chewing gum and only choose sugar-free gum approved by the ADA. Also, consider candies and sweets with sugar alternatives such as Xylitol to reduce the risk of cavities.
  • Do not miss meals. Changes in blood sugar, especially in diabetes, can be a serious problem. Be sure you keep your blood sugar levels even and avoid significant increases or drops due to food consumption.
  • Remember to visit the dentist as directed. Most patients will benefit from seeing their dental team twice a year. Even during the holiday season, it is vital that you maintain your regular routine.

Learn more about oral health habits during the holiday season

The holidays are a great time to enjoy food and family, but not a great time for your smile if you do not maintain your regular routine of oral care. Dr. Stephen E. Holbrook and his team encourage you to visit the dentist for a cleaning and evaluation while also taking the time to learn about caring for the smile during this exciting time of year! Call 505-881-1159 to request an appointment at his Albuquerque, NM, area practice.

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