The Best Ways to Help Your Kids’ Teeth this Thanksgiving

Celebrate Thanksgiving with family, friends, and delicious food.  All the unhealthy holiday foods cause more dental problems during the holidays than at any other time.  So, when planning your Thanksgiving celebration, keep your kid’s teeth in mind.

Five Tips for Healthy Teeth at Thanksgiving

Snack on cheese dishes.  Dairy is high in calcium and helps maintain strong teeth.

Make the vegetables the star of the meal.  They are rich in vitamins, minerals, and fiber to make teeth and gums healthy.  Chewing also stimulates saliva, which cleans food particles from teeth and begins digestion.

Set a mealtime instead of snacking all day.  Constant eating breeds continuous bacteria in the mouth.  Bacteria buildup causes plaque and cavities.  Instead, eat once for Thanksgiving dinner and have your kids floss and brush afterward.

Bring your children’s floss and toothbrushes to the gathering.  Have them brush and floss after the big meal to keep their teeth and gums healthy.

Cut back on sugar.  Skipping dessert is healthy for teeth.  However, steering clear of starches such as mashed potatoes is just as healthy.  Starch converts to sugar and feeds the bacteria that cause plaque and cavities.

Remember what you are thankful for this year and celebrate with healthy teeth and gums.  Schedule a routine cleaning for your children at Carolina Smiles Dentistry to catch any problems before they develop.  You will be thankful for your children’s clean and healthy smiles.

Help your kids feast this Thanksgiving with healthy teeth. Call Carolina Smiles Dentistry at 919-620-6700 to schedule an appointment for your child.

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