5 Foods to Avoid This Thanksgiving

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During the holiday season we all tend to indulge a little more in the foods and beverages that we might not partake in every day. Champagne, cider, cranberry sauce, sodas, candy, peanut brittle, fudge — many of the best holiday foods are either loaded with sugar or acids, or have a texture or consistency that is bad for your teeth.

Read on for a few foods to avoid if you can, that way you don’t have to make an impromptu trip to the dentist.

1.) Breads and Processed Carbs

This might be one of the harder foods to stamp out during Thanksgiving, especially since those of the older generations eat and ate so much of it. Plus, biscuits! The problem with bread is that, after you chew on it, your saliva immediately starts breaking down the bread’s starches into sugar. The bread itself is broken down in the mouth and turned into a sort of paste that sticks to all of the tiny, little crevices between your teeth, quietly contributing to cavities or worse.

2.) Candy — Especially of the Sour Variety

We know. Gummy worms. Gummy bears. Gummy whatever. Sour gummy candy or hard candy is straight up horrible for your teeth — there’s no other way to spin it. These types of candies should be avoided year-round. If you do decide to indulge, make sure your brush your teeth, waiting 15 minutes for your mouth enzymes to neutralize corrosive acids from the candy. Try to incorporate a proactive oral health plan throughout the holidays, which might mean bringing a toothbrush and toothpaste with you when you attend gatherings or holiday events — that way you can retreat for a quick maintenance brush after snacking.

3.) Alcohol — Especially Spirits

Anything with alcohol is going to do a number on your teeth due to the process carbs, sugars, and acid content of most alcoholic beverages, but hard liquor is especially bad for a couple of reasons. For one, people often mix hard liquor (which many already has a high amount of sugar in itself) with sugary, carbonated beverages that represent a one-two punch to your oral health. Another drawback is after having a few adult beverages, many of us might be susceptible to slacking on brushing, maybe even putting it off altogether until the morning. Try not to give into temptation.

If you have any additional questions about foods you should try to avoid this Thanksgiving, contact Audubon dental today. We help you get to the smile you’ve always wanted.

5 Common Signs it’s Time for a Root Canal

The root canal procedure often gets a bad stigma attached to it — a big contributor is how the media lazily uses the root canal as a sort of shorthand when it comes to painful procedures.

It’s true that the root canal is a particularly technical procedure, but it is actually designed to relieve pain.

Below are a few symptoms you might be experiencing where you should consider the root canal procedure.

1.) You’re Experiencing Pain

If you’re experiencing pain while chewing, talking, or during any other activity associated with the mouth, teeth, or gums, then it’s a good indicator that you should see a dentist. A dentist will likely examine the aching tooth and determine whether or not the blood vessels or nerves are experiencing infection-induced inflammation. Your dentist just might suggest performing a root canal to get rid of the unwanted pain.

2.) Tooth Sensitivity

If your teeth are sensitive to hot and cold temperatures, then it might be time to see your dentist. Dull aches can turn into excessive pains, and, the problem with your teeth is that, when you experience pain, there is likely that damage has already occurred.

3.) Tooth Discoloration

Sure, there’s stuff we eat and drink that will turn our teeth different colors, but that’s only momentarily. Tooth discoloration can often be a symptom that blood vessel and nerve damage has occurred. In these cases, a root canal might be the solution in order to remove the damaged root.

4.) Swollen Gum Area

When a patient is experiencing swollen gums, it’s usually a sign that there are problems existing beneath the gum surface. Painful and swollen gums, as well as gums that have any sort of raised bumps should be looked at by an oral health specialist, who may suggest a root canal to treat gum inflammation.

5.) Chipped or Fractured Tooth

When our teeth get chipped or cracked, whether that be during sports or any other sort of activity where your teeth are at risk, the nerves get exposed and can be infected. When an infection that occurs in the tooth root enters the bloodstream, this can lead to the infection spreading. In these cases a root canal might be the best option for treatment.

If you’ve been experiencing any of the symptoms mentioned above, please contact Audubon Dental Center today to schedule a consultation. We’ll get your teeth and gums back to 100% in no time.

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