5 Tips For a Smile-Healthy Thanksgiving

5 Tips For a Smile-Healthy Thanksgiving
Posted on 11/19/2018
A table filled with Thanksgiving food.  Thanksgiving Dinner is legendary for being the one meal Americans looks forward to all year long. Just thinking about it, you can almost smell the array of foods lining the table — turkey, stuffing, mashed potatoes and gravy, corn, sweet potatoes, green beans, pumpkin pie — the list goes on. But what do you do if you happen to be in the midst of a braces treatment on this delicious American holiday? Well, we have some good news and some bad news for you: The bad news is, you will, unfortunately, need to avoid certain food items until your braces treatment has completed. The good news, however, is that there is still a wide variety of Thanksgiving options available to you! As your trusted provider of orthodontics, Omaha, NE favorite Pedontics P.C. is here to help you navigate the food table this holiday season. Continue reading to learn 5 helpful tips to have a smile-healthy Thanksgiving this year!

Stay Away from Turkey Legs

If biting into a hot, juicy turkey leg is the moment you’ve been waiting for, we have some unfortunate news for you — during your braces treatment, you will want to avoid eating any meat straight off the bone. This is because, should your braces catch the bone at all, you could damage or break a wire or bracket. Instead, make sure you cut the turkey off the bone and cut it into smaller, bite-sized pieces before sitting down to enjoy your meal.

Load Up On Mashed Potatoes

Mashed potatoes and gravy always seem to be a fan-favorite during the holiday season, and luckily this classic side dish is perfectly braces-friendly. You can even opt for mashed sweet potatoes, if those are an option — however, you’ll want to skip the syrup and marshmallow topping. Load up with some additional soft veggies, such as roasted carrots and green beans, and you’re still able to have yourself a pretty well-rounded meal!

Skip the Sugar

Reducing the amount of sugar you consume during your braces treatment is a good idea to ensure optimal tooth health. Especially avoid sticky, sugary foods, as these can cause damage to wires and brackets. If you do decide to indulge in a sweet treat, however, it’s important to drink plenty of water to rinse your mouth thoroughly after eating, and brush your teeth as soon as possible following your meal.

Brush & Floss

As mentioned above, proper brushing and flossing is always important during braces treatment. As soon as you’ve finished your Thanksgiving dinner, try to fight off that inevitable food coma for just a little longer, giving yourself enough time to thoroughly brush and floss before taking your after-dinner nap.

See Your Omaha Orthodontist

Make it a point to see your Omaha orthodontist before and after the holidays to ensure your teeth are staying healthy and your orthodontic treatment is still on track. Regular visits to your Omaha braces provider can help catch any potential problems early on, so it can be corrected as quickly as possible.

Schedule a Visit with Your Omaha Braces Provider

As your trusted provider of braces, Omaha, NE local Pedontics P.C. is always available to answer questions and provide advice for any of our orthodontic patients. If you’d like to find out whether you’re a good candidate for orthodontic treatment, please contact us today to schedule your first appointment. Our highly skilled doctors and friendly, welcoming staff would love to help you begin your healthy smile journey today! We hope to see you in our office soon!