In just a few days, we’ll be joining our friends and family to celebrate the holidays. We’ll also be enjoying all the sweet and sugary foods that are so popular this time of year. Unfortunately, these same foods can increase the risk of tooth decay. How do you avoid cavities over the holidays?
Frequently Asked Questions About Avoiding Cavities
Question: How do sugary foods and drinks cause cavities?
Answer: The sugar particles left behind on your smile are consumed by bacteria. The process of breaking down these particles can lead to an increase in oral acidity, while also causing plaque buildup to occur. Plaque and oral acidity can weaken tooth enamel, eroding the protective layer and leading to the onset of cavities.
Question: What foods should I cut back on?
Answer: We suggest watching out for sugary pies, cakes, cranberry sauce, and cookies. Also, foods high in starch, such as sweet potatoes, can increase the risk of cavities. If you do eat these foods, be sure to drink water so you can help rinse away the sugar particles. You can also eat fresh fruits and vegetables. Some, like broccoli, apples, and carrots, can help scrub away plaque as you consume them.
Question: Should I floss after my meals?
Answer: You may consider excusing yourself after your meal and flossing your teeth. Floss removes the bits of food stuck between teeth. Depriving harmful bacteria of a meal and limiting your risk of developing cavities. You also need to brush your teeth twice a day as well!
Question: Do I need a post-holiday checkup?
Answer: When January comes (and your new benefits kick in) you may consider scheduling a cleaning. The cleaning allows our team to remove plaque, while also monitoring your smile for signs of developing decay. If you have any questions about treating cavities, then please contact our office today.
Do You Need an Exam?
Our team can see you after the holidays and make sure you’re starting 2018 with a healthy smile. You can schedule an appointment with Munilla Dental in Southlake, TX by calling 817-379-1200.