In just a few days, many of us will be hitting the road and spending time with friends and family. We will also be consuming a lot of holiday favorites! However, many of these favorites can promote tooth decay and other oral health issues. In today’s blog, your Omaha, NE, dentist will discuss what you can do to keep your smile healthy.
Foods That Causes Cavities
Foods that contains high amounts of sugar and starch tend to leave particles on or between the teeth. Without proper care to remove these particles, bacteria will break them down. In the process, the teeth will be coated in a layer of plaque buildup, which weakens tooth enamel to cause a cavity to form. The buildup can also irritate and inflame gum tissue, boosting the risk of gum disease. Warning signs of a cavity may include sensitivity and toothaches that don’t pass after a day or two. If you begin to experience pain in your smile, be sure to let us know. If you have a cavity, we may be able to treat the problem in one visit with a filling.
Protecting Your Smile
Sugary desserts, like pie, cake, and cookie, and starchy foods, like mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, bread and muffins, could increase the risk of cavities. Be sure to drink water with your meal to help cleanse away these particles. Eating fresh veggies, such as carrots or broccoli, could help scrub away these particles during your meal. That night, be sure you floss thoroughly in between each of your teeth, and brush your teeth or at least two minutes. With the right steps, you can help limit the risk of cavities without ruining your big feast!
Schedule an Exam!
After the holiday, consider scheduling a checkup and cleaning. We can examine your smile to see if you need treatment for issues like tooth decay or gingivitis. The cleaning allows our team to completely remove all plaque buildup from the teeth. You can then greet 2020 with a healthier smile and also use any remaining dental benefits before they expire. If you have any questions about protecting smiles this Thanksgiving, or if you need to schedule your next checkup and cleaning, then please contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Checkups?
With the right steps, you can help safeguard your smile against cavities and gum disease following your Thanksgiving celebrations! To learn more about maintaining optimal oral health and our array of general, cosmetic, and restorative treatment options, then schedule a consultation by calling Pacific Hills Dental in Omaha, NE, today at (402) 330-2243. We also serve the residents of Papillion, Elkhorn, La Vista, Millard, and all surrounding communities.