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The holiday season is upon us, and if you’re not careful, your smile could be in grave danger. That is why our Bright Smiles Dental team encourages you to keep your teeth and gums in mind this Thanksgiving. To keep your smile in tip-top shape, we encourage you to do the following things:

-Don’t snack all day: Even though there are many different kinds of foods and treats constantly available throughout the day, it’s best to avoid snacking. Snacking makes your smile vulnerable to tooth decay because it never gets a chance to rejuvenate and build its strength back up. So, it’s best to just eat your Thanksgiving meal without snacking before or after.

-Be careful with dessert: We all know sugar is your smile’s enemy. It threatens your teeth and promotes tooth decay. So, whether you’re having pumpkin pie or another delicious dessert, it’s best to limit your consumption and wash the sugar down with water.

-Brush your teeth: After you are done eating, clean your smile by brushing your teeth with a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. Brushing will help you wash away the harmful particles that attack your smile and it will also help you avoid having “food-stuck-in-your-smile” moments. However, if you consumed something acidic, it’s best to wait 30 minutes before brushing.

-Wear a mouthguard: Many people like to play a friendly game of football before or after their Thanksgiving dinners. If your family also has this tradition, then we recommend wearing a mouthguard while you play. Wearing a mouthguard will help you prevent oral injury when a hard, forceful object, like an elbow, knee, or football, hits your mouth.

Doing these things will help you have a strong and healthy smile this Thanksgiving. For more information and details about how to have a healthy smile in Casselberry, Florida, during the holiday season, please call our office today at 407-628-1066 and schedule an appointment with your dentist, Dr. Timothy B. Chatterley. We are thrilled to help you in any way we can!