As Thanksgiving rolls around, you’ve got some serious eating on your mind! However, before you begin salivating at the glorious thought of turkey, pumpkin pie, and more, we’d like for you to quickly reflect on what it means to enjoy this upcoming meal now that you have teeth replacements. Similar to advice we may suggest even for individuals who have never lost a tooth, our recommendations are all about keeping your smile clean, comfortable, and your oral health safe. Ready for just a bit of help from our Cerritos, CA team to make sure your Turkey Day dinner is all you’ve been imagining? Great, let’s go!
#1: Show Up Prepared For Post-Turkey Flossing
Bring your dental floss to your Thanksgiving celebration. Whether you have implants, a bridge, or your smile is completely natural, turkey will get stuck and you will be happy to be able to remove it!
#2: Remember The Power Of Drinking Water
It’s very easy to forget that water can be your best friend when it comes to keeping your oral health safe! This is true for everyone, whether you have all of your natural teeth, one tooth replacement, or multiple teeth replacement solutions in place! Why so? Think about the following details:
- Water is neutral and can help your smile return to neutral when acids are attacking
- Water rinses food particles and bacteria away
- Water can soften food that’s gotten stuck between your teeth, which yields easier removal
- Water helps you remain hydrated, so your saliva flow remains steady, and your body’s natural smile-rinsing system keeps your mouth healthy
#3: Don’t Expect More From Prosthetics Than From Natural Teeth
You may think to yourself that you can finally eat anything and everything before you at the table because you have teeth replacements! They’re made from artificial tissue, so surely your dental bridge or implants and crowns will let you chomp with reckless abandon through whatever you select! Take just a moment to pause here. Remember: Our team generally encourages you to equate the strength of your prosthetics with that of natural teeth. It’s impressive, certainly, but you’re still facing the exactly same suggestions regarding caution. Don’t press them beyond their limits or you will end up with damage, rather than simply enjoying a nice Thanksgiving meal!
Protect Your Teeth Replacements With Our Simple Care Tips
Make it through Thanksgiving and other holidays without damaging your teeth replacement, as you follow our advice for mindful eating and care. To schedule an appointment or consultation with Dr. Hofkes, contact us today by calling 562-584-4082. We proudly welcome patients of all ages from Cerritos, CA, and all surrounding communities, such as Lakewood, Long Beach, Buena Park, and more.