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Did you know that Thanksgiving can be a scary holiday for your smile? Well, it’s true! There are many foods, habits, and activities that can put your teeth and gums in danger. So, it’s important to keep your smile in mind and take good care of it this Thanksgiving holiday. Our Paramus Dental & Implant Center team recommends doing so by doing 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.

Avoiding snacking, limiting your dessert consumption, brushing your teeth, and wearing a mouthguard will help you have a smile-healthy Thanksgiving in Rochelle Park, New Jersey, so if you do these things, you’ll be on the right track. For more information, tips, and details, please remember that you can always call our office at 201-518-9795. Your dentist, Dr. Galina Zhukova, and our dental team are thrilled to help you in any way we possibly can!