Thanksgiving is just a few days away, and for many of us the holiday season will be very different. We may not be traveling, or hosting a house filled with people, but we will still be consuming our favorite foods! Unfortunately, many of our favorites could increase the risk of cavities. In today’s blog, your Bedford, MA, dentist will explain what you can do keep your smile healthy during your feast.
Will Sugar and Starch Cause Cavities?
Those favorite pies and homemade cranberry sauce? A major source of sugar. All those potato-based sides and breads? A lot of starch. Both sugar and starch can become trapped on or between the teeth, clinging to them. Bacteria will then break them down for fuel, a process that causes higher levels of oral acidity, and coats the teeth in plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) buildup. Over time, this buildup begins to weaken enamel, eroding it and allowing cavities to form. The same buildup then irritates and inflames gum tissues, so you develop a higher risk of gingivitis and even gum disease!
Healthy Meal Options
To help protect your smile, start by limiting how many sugary or starchy items you consume. When you do add these to your plate, then drink water to help cleanse your smile. If there are fresh fruits and veggies available, especially broccoli, apples, and carrots, then add a few to your plate. Eating these could help scrub away trapped food particles and plaque.
After your meal, excuse yourself to floss in between each tooth. Move the tape up and down the length of each side of every tooth, and dip below the gum line when you do. This helps extract trapped food particles. Before bed, brush your teeth for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste, and floss again. Then in the morning, brush again for two minutes. When we brush and floss every day, regardless of holidays, then we help protect our smile from the impacts of plaque and tartar buildup. To remove all buildup, then schedule a dental cleaning with our office. If you make one now, you can use your dental insurance benefits or health savings funds before the year ends and they expire!
Remember to take COVID-19 into consideration. Wear your mask when out and about, wash your hands frequently, and avoid large indoor gatherings, which could contribute to the spread of the disease. If you have any questions about your oral health, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Preventive Dentistry?
We want to help you and your loved ones maintain optimal oral health, even during the holiday season. To learn more about avoiding issues like tooth decay or gum disease, then schedule a consultation by calling Kennedy Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Bedford, MA, today at (781) 275-0200.