When Thanksgiving rolls around, everyone is looking forward to that moment when we get to sit down and indulge in our favorite, cozy comfort foods. While some of these dishes are actually packed full of vitamins and minerals that are good for your oral health, there are those that aren’t so beneficial. Fortunately, your Riverside dentist has some tips that will help you feel free to enjoy any and all of your favorites without worrying too much about the safety of your smile.

Tip: Eat Desserts With Meals

Ready for pumpkin pie? Cranberry sauce? Your Riverside dentist suggests you eat sugary items with your meal when possible to avoid bathing your teeth in sugar. You may also wish to drink water throughout your meal to rinse teeth off as you go. Drinking water to remove food particles and sugar is an oral health tip you can use year-round.

Tip: Don’t Add Sugar

It might be worth testing out beloved favorites this year without adding the sugary sweetness. Just as an experiment, of course. For instance, have you ever tried a baked sweet potato on its own or with just a bit of butter? You may find that skipping the cinnamon sugar and marshmallows is not disappointing at all. Foods that are naturally delicious often don’t need any embellishment. As you know, avoiding table sugar helps protect your oral health from tooth decay.

Tip: Bring Floss

Even when you’re eating something good for your oral health like turkey, you may find that there’s an additional concern: Many foods can become lodged between your teeth. Your Riverside dentist suggests you tote along a little floss to Thanksgiving gatherings, so you can clean between teeth after your meal.

Riverside Dental Group and Dental Associate Offices Serves a Community Near You!

Our dentists look forward to caring for you and every member of your family with a comprehensive selection of services. We will maintain and improve your oral health with a wide range of preventive, cosmetic, restorative, implant, and emergency dentistry techniques. We also specialize in endodontics, periodontics, oral surgery, and orthodontics, serving patients from Riverside, Temecula, Moreno Valley, Corona, and all surrounding California communities. To schedule an appointment, contact one of the following locations nearest to you:

Riverside Dental Group at Magnolia in Riverside, CA at (951) 689-5031.

Dental Associates of Moreno Valley in Moreno Valley, CA at (951) 697-6800.

Riverside Dental Group at Woodcrest in Riverside, CA at (951) 776-9001.

Oasis Family Dental in Temecula, CA at (951) 695-2290.

Dental Associates of Riverside in Riverside, CA at (951) 369-1001.

Dental Associates of Corona in Corona, CA at (951) 273-9580.