Don’t Let Cavities Ruin Thanksgiving

Are you ready for Thanksgiving? In just a few weeks many of us will be sitting down with friends and family over a wonderful holiday meal. However, many of our Thanksgiving favorites tend to be high in sugar and starches, major causes of tooth decay. Fortunately, we have a few tips to help patients in Woodland Hills, CA, maintain healthy smiles over the holidays!

Stay Free of Cavities This Thanksgiving

  1. Reduce Your Sugar Intake: Did you know that bacteria love breaking down sugar particles, a process that increases oral acidity while also promoting plaque buildup? Which means sugary foods lead to a greater cavity risk. Over the holiday, try to limit how many sugary desserts you consume.
  2. Watch Out for Starch: In addition to sugar, starch is another favorite for causing tooth decay. Which means stuffing, cornbread, biscuits, and potatoes could leave behind particles for bacteria to consume.
  3. Floss After Your Meal: In order to enjoy your holiday favorites without putting your smile at risk, consider flossing after your meal and every night before bed. Flossing removes the bits of food a toothbrush cannot reach, protecting the smile from cavities and periodontal problems.
  4. Have Your Teeth Cleaned: A routine cleaning from the dentist removes the plaque buildup brushing and flossing alone cannot, helping patients stay cavity-free. You can schedule a visit now before the holidays (and before your dental insurance benefits expire).
  5. Enjoy a Glass of Water: Another way to help protect your smile is to drink water with your meal. Water contains no acids and no sugars, so it hydrates and helps cleanse your mouth of harmful food particles and bacteria. Definitely consider opting for water over sweet tea or soda. If you have any questions about safeguarding your smile over Thanksgiving, then contact our team today.

Talk To Woodland Hills Dental Arts About Preventive Dentistry

Using preventive care, we help our patients enjoy optimal oral health throughout the year. Schedule a consultation by calling Woodland Hills Dental Arts in Woodland Hills, CA, today at (818) 347-5124. We also proudly work with patients from Thousand Oaks, Westlake, Encino, Sherman Oaks, and all other surrounding areas.