Thanksgiving is a fun way to celebrate with your friends and family. But this holiday also includes a lot of meals heavy in sugar and starch. For many, this could increase the risk of cavities! In today’s blog, your Olathe, KS, dentists talk about ways to enjoy your feast without leaving teeth especially vulnerable to tooth decay.
The Risks of Sugar and Starch
Often, our holiday favorites contain lots of sugar and starch. These two ingredients tend to cling to the teeth or become stuck between them, left for bacteria to break down. When bacteria consume these particles, it increases the risk of tooth decay and gum disease, as well as bad breath and teeth stains. Which is why when assembling your plate, you should try to limit the consumption of muffins, biscuits, cornbread, stuffing, mashed potatoes, sweet potato casserole, and desserts like pie, cake, and cookies. You can also balance your plate too!
Steps for a Healthy Meal
In addition to your sugary and starchy favorites, be sure to drink a glass of water with your food, as this helps cleanse the smile and doesn’t contain any harmful sugars or acids. You can also add fresh fruits and veggies to your plate, as fresh carrots, broccoli, and carrots are rough enough to help scrub away particles from your teeth as you consume them. You can also excuse yourself after your meal to floss thoroughly. In general, you also need to maintain your usual oral hygiene habits during the holidays. This means brushing your teeth in the morning and again at night for about two minutes, always using a fluoride toothpaste as well to help strengthen the outer enamel. You also need to floss every evening as well.
Checkups and Cleanings
There is still time to see us for a checkup and cleaning before the year ends and your 2022 dental benefits expire. We can offer a thorough examination to identify areas of trouble, and we can often treat them in the same visit or a separate one, so you enjoy better oral health before the holidays become stressful. We will also clean your teeth too! This involves removing all plaque and tartar buildup from the outside of the teeth, keeping them strong and healthy. If you have any questions, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Any Questions About Keeping Cavities Away?
We would love to help you enjoy the holidays and keep your smile strong! Schedule an appointment today and learn more about safeguarding your oral health. You can also call E-Care Dentistry in Olathe, KS, today at 913-586-2718. Find our office at 15010 S Black Bob Road Olathe, KS 66062. We also proudly serve patients from Overland Park, Lenexa, and all surrounding communities.