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Because of the countless amounts of food, sugary desserts, and activities, your smile could be in grave danger this Thanksgiving. This is why our Masterpiece Dental team encourages you to take good care of your teeth and gums while you celebrate this Thanksgiving holiday. To help you keep your smile and oral health in tip-top shape, our Masterpiece Dental team encourages you to do the following things:

-Don’t snack all day: Usually, there are many treats and snacks laying out on the table before and after Thanksgiving dinner. If this is the case for your family, it’s best to avoid snacking throughout the day. Snacking can harm your smile because it doesn’t give your teeth the chance they need to rejuvenate and build strength to fight harmful food particles at the next meal.

-Be careful with dessert: Sugar is an enemy to the smile, which is why it’s best to limit your sugar consumption. However, if you do decide to eat or drink a sugary product, make sure to rinse the harmful particles away by drinking a glass of water afterward. You can also rinse your mouth if you feel it’s necessary.

-Brush your teeth: It’s important to brush your teeth after you are done eating. This will help you clean the harmful food particles away from your teeth and gums. As you brush, make sure to use a soft-bristled toothbrush and fluoride toothpaste. However, if you ate or drank something that was acidic, please wait 30 minutes before brushing.

-Wear a mouthguard: For many people, it’s tradition to play a game of football before or after Thanksgiving dinner. If this is the tradition for your family, then please protect your smile with a mouthguard. Wearing a mouthguard can help you protect your teeth when hard, forceful objects hit them.

Your dentist, Dr. Brandon Green, and our dental team care about you and your smile, which is why we encourage you to keep your smile and oral health in mind this holiday season. If you would like to learn more about how to have a smile-healthy Thanksgiving in American Fork, Utah, please call our office today at 801.756.5136. We are more than happy to help you!