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Dr. Philip Sherman, DMD – Blog


Happy Thanksgiving and Don’t Forget to Brush and Floss!

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From our Breezy Bay family to yours, we wish you a very Happy Thanksgiving.
We have lots to be thankful for this year; our new office, our lovely staff and all our wonderful clients.

We know that most of you are going to eat a lot of wonderful food tomorrow and we hope you enjoy yourself but we would be remiss if we didn’t remind you to brush and floss.

Here are a few tips about that.

Thanksgiving often means pies, sweet potatoes with yummy marshmallows, or sweet drinks like apple cider and eggnog. Sugary food and drinks that are high in carbs can cause certain types of bacteria to form in your mouth which is no bueno for your tooth enamel. We recommend that you brush your teeth as soon as possible after eating those kinds of foods. Brush and floss within 20 minutes or less after eating these items.

Visiting family? Buy a travel brush and some dental floss at your nearest pharmacy and bring it with you to dinner. It may seem like overkill but your teeth will thank you for it.

The exception to the rule is eating foods that contain citric acid. Citrus fruits (oranges, lemons, limes, grapefruit etc.) can weaken tooth enamel. So, after that big glass of orange or grapefruit juice in the morning, avoid brushing your teeth for at least 30 minutes. It’s much better to brush your teeth before your morning juice or grapefruit and then drink a glass of water to wash away the acid residue.

No matter what, be mindful about sodas and diet sodas. Drink those in moderation and keep between meal snacking to healthy, less sugary foods. They may taste good but your teeth will thank you.

Also, see your dentist, at least every 6 months, for a good teeth cleaning and check up. Dr. Sherman and his staff at Breezy Bay Dental of Palm Harbor are ready to keep you and your family’s teeth and gums happy and healthy all year long.

Enjoy the day and give your teeth some love!

Happy, Healthy and Safe Thanksgiving to you and yours!