Before you know it, Thanksgiving will arrive and some of you will be sitting down with friends and family for a huge feast. But unfortunately, many of these holiday options are high ingredients linked to cavities. In today’s blog, your Garland, TX, dentist talks about how to enjoy good oral health and still enjoy your holiday feasts!
How Sugar and Starch can Lead to Cavities
Many of our holiday favorites contain lots of sugar and starch. This could include stuffing, biscuits and muffins, cornbread, casseroles, and popular desserts, like pie, cookies, and cake. We don’t want you to avoid them altogether, but a little balance can help. You see, harmful oral bacteria in your mouth will break down the particles of sugar and starch, creating plaque buildup that weakens enamel and makes tooth decay possible. But you can drink water with your meal to help rinse away these particles. Adding fresh fruit and veggies helps too, as many options like carrots, broccoli, and apples could help scrub away particles as you consume them. You don’t have to have a sparse plate at Thanksgiving, just a balanced one!
Caring for Your Smile at Home
Good dental hygiene habits are essential too! At home, you should always start your day by brushing your teeth for two minutes, and then do the same before bed. Using a fluoride toothpaste too, as this helps strengthen the outer layer of tooth enamel. Before bed, and after your meal, you should take time to floss your teeth thoroughly. These actions help remove particles of sugar and starch, and limit the severity of plaque buildup until you can see your dentist.
Set Up Your Next Checkup
There is still plenty of time to schedule a checkup and cleaning visit with our team, one for the entire family! We can examine your smile for concerns that we can treat before the holiday season grows more stressful. Our team can also use your 2022 dental benefits before they expire at the end of December. In addition to exams and treatment, we will also clean the teeth by removing all plaque and tartar buildup from the surfaces of the teeth and then polishing them. This not only fights bad breath and teeth stains, but also helps lower the risk of cavities, gingivitis, and gum disease.
If you have any questions, then contact our team today!
Your Garland, TX, Dentist Wants to Offer a Healthy Smile
Our team is eager to help you enjoy good oral health during the holiday season. To learn more about boosting the health of your smile, 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.