Don’t Let Cavities Follow Your Thanksgiving

woodland hills thanksgivingWhen you eat lots of foods high in sugar and starch, this could lead to an increased risk of tooth decay. Which means without good oral hygiene, your Thanksgiving favorites could leave your smile vulnerable. In today’s blog, your Woodland Hills, CA, dentist talks about avoiding Thanksgiving-related cavities.

Thanksgiving and Tooth Decay

We love sitting down with friends and family for a Thanksgiving feast. But we also know that starchy foods, like those made with lots of bread and casseroles, including stuffing, could leave behind particles that cling to the teeth. The same goes for items high in sugar, including our favorite cookies, pies, cobblers, and desserts. Harmful oral bacteria will then begin to break down the particles clinging to the teeth or that have been stuck between them. This process elevates oral acidity and coats the teeth in plaque, which hardens with time into tartar. These buildup layers then weaken outer enamel to make cavities possible, along with teeth stains and bad breath. To stay cavity free, you need to take action this Thanksgiving!

Better Oral Health Habits

First, be sure you enjoy items high in sugar and starch in moderation. Try to balance your plate with smile-healthy choices like fresh fruits and vegetables. Some fresh veggies and fruits, like carrots, apples, and broccoli, could help scrub away particles as you consume them. Be sure to pair your meal with a glass of water too, as this helps cleanse the smile as you drink. Once your meal is done, consider excusing yourself to floss. You also need to maintain your usual oral health routine, which means you start and end the day by brushing your teeth for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste, as this helps protect the enamel. You also need to floss every evening to remove what a toothbrush alone cannot reach.

Checkup and Cleaning Appointments

Don’t let 2022 end before you see us for that last checkup and cleaning visit! We can find any areas of concern and provide solutions before the year ends and your benefits expire. During the cleaning portion, our team will remove all plaque and tartar to brighten teeth and lower the risk of tooth decay and gum disease. If you have any questions about avoiding cavities during the holiday season, then contact our team today to learn more. A bright and healthy smile is possible, and let’s make sure you’re ready to greet 2023 with one!

Talk to Your Woodland Hills, CA Dentist About Avoiding Tooth Decay

We would like to help you and your family stay free of tooth decay during the holiday season! If you would like to find out how you and your family can avoid cavities, then contact your Woodland Hills, CA dentist, Dr. Naminik, by calling 818-347-5124.