Many of our favorite Thanksgiving dishes contain high amounts of both sugar and starch. Which means many of these dishes could increase the risk of complications like tooth decay. In today’s blog, your Omaha, NE, dentist is explaining how you can enjoy your favorite sides and desserts, while also safeguarding your teeth.
The Link Between Tooth Decay and Sugar and Starch
Sides and desserts, such as cranberry sauce, yams, mashed potatoes, biscuits and muffins, stuffing, and pies, all contain ingredients like sugar and starch. These particles could cling to the teeth or become trapped between them, and are a favorite for bacteria to consume. As bacteria break down these bits of food, the oral acidity levels in your mouth rise and the teeth become coated in a sticky bacterial byproduct known as plaque. These factors could mean eroded enamel and the onset of tooth decay. To avoid aching, sensitive teeth and the risk of a painful infection, you need to take steps to keep your smile safe.
Steps for a Healthier Mealtime
When you sit down to eat, make sure you practice moderation. Limit how many items you choose that are high in sugar and starch. You should also drink plenty of water with your meal, as this helps cleanse food particles and keeps your smile safe. Even better, tap water contain fluoride, which strengthens your outer enamel. We also recommend grabbing a few pieces of fresh fruits and veggies, such as broccoli, carrots, or even apple slices, as they help scrub away plaque as you consume them. Finally, once your meal ends, you could excuse yourself to go floss.
Brushing and Flossing Habits
During the holidays, and the rest of your year, you and your family benefit from brushing your teeth in the morning and again before bed, with a fluoride toothpaste for about two minutes. Flossing before bed is also crucial, as this reaches what a toothbrush alone cannot. A visit for a dental cleaning every six months is advisable too, as a cleaning removes all plaque and tartar, so you end 2020 with a healthier smile, and also make use of any remaining dental insurance benefits and health savings funds.
This holiday season, continue to wear a mask when around others, wash your hands frequently, and avoid the temptation to touch your face. Taking these simple precautions, including avoiding large indoor gatherings, can help prevent the harmful spread of COVID-19.
Do You Have Questions About Avoiding Cavities?
At Pacific Hills Dental, we know how to help strengthen your enamel and protect your smile. To learn more about our general and preventive treatment options, then contact our office at (402) 330-2243 to schedule an appointment with our Omaha, NE, dentist today.