Not that I’m against celebrating holidays. Here’s hoping you had a splendid Thanksgiving and relished in the turkey and fixings, not to mention the delectable desserts. And now that Thanksgiving has passed I think we can collectively say, “Wow, aren’t we stuffed?”
However, while the Thanksgiving holiday may have done a number on your body, your teeth probably took a hit too. Especially when it comes to the sweets. Streptococcus mutans (or S. mutans, for short) and other harmful bacteria in your mouth love sugar. And when they find what’s left of the sugar in your mouth, they proceed to feast away on it, all the time while sticking to your teeth. When this happens an acid is produced that damages your tooth enamel.
But rest assured as a family dentist I can tell you that there is some good news here – and something to consider as you’re preparing those leftovers. One Thanksgiving food that is great for your teeth is cranberries (without added sugar, of course). Cranberries help to prevent tooth decay by keeping harmful bacteria such as S. mutans from sticking to your teeth. What’s more, eating raw foods such as celery and carrots (and apples too) will help to keep your teeth clean.
Of course, as we enter the hustle and bustle of the holiday season, don’t get so harried that you forget to brush at least twice a day. Did you know that the pilgrims used toothbrushes made out of hog’s hair bristles, and used salt to clean their teeth? Funny how we take for granted our modern day toothbrushes and toothpaste.
And certainly don’t take your oral health for granted! Having a family dentist is integral not only to your dental hygiene, but also your overall well-being.
So if you’re in the Columbus or Reynoldsburg area and need a dental health provider, don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment. It’s our mission to help you maintain optimal oral health!