Hazards at the Thanksgiving Table
Tips from Your Denturists for Good Oral Health on Your Holiday
Thanksgiving is probably the most food-centric holiday through the year. Celebrating the harvest is a long tradition from ancient times. Today, the holiday is time to enjoy family and friends while indulging in some tasty treats. If you wear dentures, you can’t approach the Thanksgiving table without considering your oral health. The denturists at Baker Lanoue Denture Clinic have some tips to protect your dentures to enjoy your holiday.
Sticky Stuff and Sugar
Thanksgiving desserts are a delight for your taste buds, but not so good for your dental health. Sugar increases the bacteria in your mouth, which breaks down tooth enamel. Sticky desserts can stick to your dentures. Many of the favorite fall desserts are made with nuts—never a good choice for dentures. Stick to small bites of these items or avoid them altogether. Rinse out your mouth after eating sweets.
Hard, Sharp Foods
Raw vegetables are healthy but can be difficult to chew with dentures. Corn on the cob might be difficult to eat because it takes a strong bite. Cut the corn off the cob. Steam or roast veggies for easy eating. Take small bites of foods that might be tougher to chew, such as steak. Avoid dried fruit, chips, nuts, and popcorn.
Red Wine, Coffee, Tea and Fruit Juices
Red wine, tea and coffee can stain your dentures. Fruit juices and wines have acid that can break down the enamel on your teeth. Be aware that some drinks may not be good for your dentures. If you want to enjoy your favorite beverages, intersperse the problematic drinks with a glass of water to rinse your mouth. Make sure to brush your dentures after eating.
Eating All Day
It’s easy to start snacking in the morning when your mouth starts to water from the enticing aromas wafting from the kitchen. You ward off hunger by enjoying appetizers throughout the day. After dinner, you might wander back through the dining room for a cookie or butter tart. All this extra snacking takes a toll on your dental health. You’re constantly exposing your teeth and gums to plaque and sugar. Stick to designated times to eat. Brush after you eat.
Happy Thanksgiving from the Baker Lanoue Denture Clinic Team
Don’t forget to pack your essentials for denture care if you’re doing any traveling over the holiday. Store your dentures safely when you remove them at night. Lost dentures happen more when you’re away from home! Have a safe and happy Thanksgiving with your family. Best wishes from all of us at Baker Lanoue Denture Clinic. Get your dentures checked before the holiday to avoid mishaps around the dinner table. Schedule your appointment for denture services or repairs to fully enjoy your celebration.
If you live in Windsor or the surrounding area, please call 519-252-7772 to book your appointment or request a consultation online.