A healthy smile is something to be thankful for all year long, but with Thanksgiving just around the corner, it can be hard to make sure your teeth stay clean while enjoying all the Thanksgiving classics. From sweet potatoes covered in gooey marshmallow to pumpkin pie piled high with whipped cream, Thanksgiving is a feast for cavities.

Before you gobble up that turkey, here are three tips to help combat your Thanksgiving smile woes:

  1. Drink lots of water

By drinking water regularly throughout the day, you can reduce the amount of sugar and bacteria left in your mouth that can form cavities and weaken enamel. For extra protection after your favorite Thanksgiving meal, Plackers® Twin-Line Flossers offer two lines of floss for double the cleaning power.

  1. Floss between meals

In many homes, Thanksgiving is an all-day grazing event – meaning flossing should take place throughout the day as well. Flossing regularly between eating will make sure your teeth and gums are clean from sticky leftovers. Micro Mint Travel Packs will make flossing quick and easy when spending the holidays on-the-go at a relative’s house.

  1. Schedule a post-holiday cleaning appointment

We all know that Thanksgiving can throw off your wellness goals, but desserts and big meals are also tough on your teeth. Pre-schedule a cleaning appointment with your dentist for after the holidays to reduce your risk of cavities or gum disease. In the meantime, keep your teeth feeling fresh and festive with seasonal Apple Cinnamon Flossers.

Along with these three tips, don’t forget to celebrate National Flossing Day on November 29 with Plackers®! Share your fun holiday memories with us by using the hashtag #passtheplackers or #nationalflossingday on social media.