Will you be traveling for Thanksgiving or having family visit your home? Either way, we’re sure you have a wonderful meal planned with all of your holiday favorites. Unfortunately, some of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes tend to be high in sugar and other starches, making cavities more likely. However, there are steps our Tucson, AZ, patients can take to mitigate the risk of cavities!
Try to make sure your plate contains plenty of fresh veggies, such as green beans, broccoli, or a salad. Fresh fruit also makes a great side. Not only do these items contain good nutrients, but fresh carrots, broccoli, and apples also help scrub away plaque buildup as they’re consumed.
The Dangers of Sugar and Starch
Sugars and starches are favorites of harmful bacteria. As bacteria break down the particles left behind on your smile, the levels of oral acidity increase and plaque buildup begins to accumulate on the surfaces of your teeth. Over time, this means enamel erosion and a higher risk of tooth decay. So, be sure to enjoy your pies, cakes, cookies, stuffing, cornbread, biscuits, and cranberry sauce in moderation!
Dental Hygiene Tips
You can also take a few simple steps to help remove food particles and bacteria, including:
- Brushing twice a day for two minutes each session
- Flossing every night before bed
- Excusing yourself and flossing after your meal
- Drinking water to rinse away food particles
If you drink wine, whether white or red, you should rinse with water before brushing your teeth, as the acidic content often softens tooth enamel. If you have any questions about avoiding cavities, or if you’re ready to schedule a checkup and cleaning before your 2018 dental insurance benefits expire, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Keeping Your Smile Healthy?
Don’t let cavities spoil your holiday season, take steps to safeguard your smile. 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 Colonial Verde Dental building, and proudly welcome the residents of all surrounding communities.