Thanksgiving is all about food. Whether you’re snacking or feasting, the menu will probably include multiple helpings of turkey, stuffing, pies, cakes, and other family favorites. Carbohydrate-rich meals and sugary treats are inevitable. Savannah Dental Solutions doesn’t want to spoil your fun, but we’d like to give you some quick tips on taking care of your teeth during the long weekend of football and fun.
The Top 5 Tips for Maintaining Healthy Teeth on Turkey Day
1. Avoid sticky foods. You might remember this from our Halloween blog. Well, the same goes for Thanksgiving. Pecan pie and other gooey relatives can stick to your teeth, get caught in between teeth thereby allowing sugar to hang around longer and increase your chances of causing cavities.
2. Avoid hard foods or using your teeth as a tool. Don’t crack nuts, open bottles, crack popcorn kernels, or try to bite through anything that could crack, chip, or damage your teeth.
3. Try and limit in between meals or snacking. Eating a meal, waiting 30 minutes and brushing is your best approach. Grazing throughout the day adds to the acids in your mouth and can harm your teeth.
4. Balance your eating. Protein and veggies can offset the acids created from created from carbs and sweets.
5. Keep your toothbrush handy. Get a soft to medium bristle travel brush. Brushing 30 minutes after a meal can help decrease your risk for cavities. Rinsing your mouth immediately after eating can help remove food and acids.
Have a happy and safe Thanksgiving. Take care of your teeth. You’ll need them for next year’s Thanksgiving feast! If your family keeps the tradition of a backyard football game, consider a mouth guard. Don’t take a chance on losing a tooth. It’ll make turkey time less enjoyable!
A variety of activities can create an emergency visit to the dentist: Eating, playing, exercising, and random acts of clumsiness. Knowing what to do and planning for such dental emergencies can reduce stress and potentially save your teeth.
What are dental emergencies?
Dental emergencies can happen when a tooth cracks, breaks, becomes loose or gets completely knocked out. Existing dental work can become loose or fall out. In either situation your mouth, cheeks, gums, and lips can be cut.
Prevention is the best approach. If you are playing sports, wear a mouth guard. Don’t bite foreign objects.
What if my tooth gets knocked out?
If you lose a tooth completely, call us for an appointment. If you can get here within an hour of losing the tooth, chances are better for saving the tooth. Remember, to bring us the tooth. Many trauma’s create panic and patients forget to retrieve the tooth from the scene. Handle it by the part that bites, not the root.
Touching the root can harm the cells necessary to reattaching the tooth. If you can rinse the tooth (don’t scrub) and place the tooth in your mouth (between the cheek and gum) it will keep the tooth moist. Don’t let the tooth dry out. If you cannot put the tooth between your cheek and gum, wrap the tooth in cloth saturated in milk or saline solution (contact lens solution).
What if my tooth is cracked or chipped?
Chipped teeth are actually minor fractures. If you chip or fracture a tooth, rinse your mouth in warm water and apply an icepack to reduce swelling. Call us for an appointment as soon as possible.
What if my mouth is injured?
Damage to your teeth can cause tears, cuts, punctures and lacerations to your mouth, cheek, tongue or lips. Clean the area with warm water. Contact an oral surgeon for treatment. A trip to the emergency room may be necessary. Areas bleeding heavily will need direct pressure using the hand with gauze.
Keep a dental emergency kit handy
• Savannah Dental Solution’s phone number (912) 354-1366
• Handkerchief and gauze
• Saline solution
• Small lidded container
• Ibuprofen (Don’t use aspirin. It will thin your blood and cause excessive bleeding)