Mealtime: Things To Remember To Protect Your Smile

While you probably don’t immediately think of mealtime when considering possible problems for your oral health, we like you to remember that these times of day can bring hazards with them. Fortunately, when you’re practicing common sense, there aren’t any massive issues to contend with. It’s really the little things (which we are happy to help you consider with some reminders).

Let Your Knife And Fork Do The Work

Let your knife and fork cut through foods for you. Don’t ask your teeth to do this initial work. If your knife and fork have trouble, then your smile will certainly not be ready to bite through that food! Remember this.

Don’t Bite Down On That Fork

Do you take very big bites and often accidentally bite down on your fork? Perhaps you’re someone who eats slowly and often nibbles on your fork, while you dine, talk, and enjoy yourself. You want to use your fork for good manners, of course, but you don’t want to to bite it. Closing teeth down on this metal utensil can lead to damage, which isn’t what you want for your oral health!

Mix Your Dessert With Your Meal (And Add Water)

Yes, we know this sounds like we have just described a very unpleasant smoothie recipe. However, we don’t literally mean you should mix all of these together, stir, then consume. What we mean, of course, is that if you’re going to eat dessert, it is better to eat it as you eat your meal. Then, sip water as you eat, rather than a sugary or acidic drink. This will help you keep teeth clean of sugars, so you promote oral health rather than the opposite.

Make Mealtime Smile Safe With Easy Reminders

Take a few reminders under consideration, so you can feel certain you’re making your way through your meal without damaging your teeth. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Kalyan Nadella or Dr. Benjamin Walder, call Columbia Dental & Orthodontics in East Dallas, TX today at (214) 827-8000. We also gladly serve patients in Mesquite, Oak Cliff, Garland, and all surrounding communities.