Now that the Christmas holiday has come and gone, you’re probably left with plenty of leftover sugary snacks. From Christmas cookies to pie, these delicious treats could end up putting your smile in danger. Let’s talk abut what our Tucson, AZ, patients can do to avoid tooth decay after the holidays!
Sugar and Tooth Decay
How does sugar causes cavities? Well, when we eat foods high in sugar, bacteria consume the particles left behind on or between our teeth. As they break down these particles, they leave a bacterial byproduct behind on the teeth. Known as plaque, this buildup actually weakens tooth enamel and increases the risk of cavities. In addition, the buildup also inflames gum tissue, boosting the chances of gingivitis and gum disease forming.
Signs of Trouble
If you attend routine six-month checkups, we can identify areas likely to develop cavities in the early stages, treating them before you endure discomfort. Otherwise, you may not know you need help until you begin to notice tooth sensitivity to hot or cold foods and drinks. You could also develop a severe toothache. Don’t ignore any persistent sensitivity or aches, let us know right away! Remember, lack of treatment could increase the risk of an infection or abscess.
Keeping Your Smile Healthy
If you want to enjoy your holiday leftovers, be sure you wash them down with a glass of water. Also, limit how you consume each day. Be sure you’re taking the time to brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day. We also urge our patients to floss nightly before bed and make time to see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning. If you have any questions about staying cavity-free after the holiday season, then contact our team today.
Do You Need a Cleaning?
We want to help you enjoy a healthy and bright smile this year. For more information, schedule a consultation with your dentist by calling Dr. Newman’s office in Tucson, AZ, today at 520-296-5439. We’re conveniently located inside the Grant Road Professional Plaza, and proudly welcome the residents of all surrounding communities.