The holiday season is here, which means in addition to gift giving and celebrations, there are tons of sugary and starch-rich treats for you to enjoy. We want you to enjoy your favorite fishes, but we also want you to stay free of tooth decay. In today’s blog, your Garland, TX, dentist talks about how you can safeguard your smile during the holidays.
Watching Out for Sugar
When we eat a lot of our sugary holiday favorites, such as cookies and pie, or enjoy items particularly high in starch, this leaves behind particles that will remain stuck on and between the teeth. Harmful oral bacteria will then break them down, a process that not only elevates overall oral acidity levels, but could coat the teeth in plaque buildup. Once plaque forms and hardens into tartar, this could be a factor in the onset of bad breath, teeth stains, and even cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease. Which is why we suggest drinking water with your meal to help cleanse your smile, and balancing your plate with fresh fries and veggies. Some options, like fresh carrots, broccoli, and apples, could help scrub away trapped particles and plaque.
Brushing and Flossing
Even during holiday breaks or trips, every member of your family should continue to maintain good oral hygiene. Which means everyone needs to start their day by brushing their teeth for two minutes, and do the same in the evening. All ages benefit from the use of fluoride toothpaste too. Flossing each evening helps remove what a toothbrush alone cannot, so kids and adults alike need to carefully clean between each tooth and dip below the gum line with floss tape or a floss pick.
A Checkup and Cleaning
If you haven’t seen our team for a checkup and cleaning lately, there is still time. A visit means an exam and cleaning, which helps us identify issues that could cause poor oral health, and also remove the buildup before issues like cavities and gum disease occur. You also have a chance to use your remaining 2021 dental insurance benefits and health savings funds before they expire at the end of the year. We can see every member of your family, from the youngest to the oldest, and help you all greet 2022 with your best possible smiles. For more information, or to find out your coverage amounts, then contact our team today to learn more. We look forward to seeing you.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT PROTECTING YOUR SMILE?
If you would like to enjoy a strong and healthy smile this December, then please schedule a consultation today by contacting Mai Dentistry in Garland, TX at (972)-530-0552. You can also find our practice at 6850 N Shiloh Rd, Suite C Garland, TX 75044.