The holidays are fun, but with them comes tons of sugary treats and starch-rich foods. Which means a greater risk of cavities in the weeks and months after the holiday season. In today’s blog, your Newhall, CA, dentist talks about what your family can do to enjoy good oral health throughout this season!
The Link Between Holiday Treats and Cavities
Throughout December, you will likely be attending various parties and get-togethers at work or with family. There will be foods and desserts at these events high in sugar and starch. These particles cling to our teeth, and could feed harmful oral bacteria. The result is a high level of oral acidity and plaque buildup on the teeth. Plaque, which hardens over time into tartar, weakens outer enamel and inflame gum tissues, making the risk of cavities and gum disease much higher. Which is why good oral hygiene is so vital during the holiday season.
First, you should enjoy foods and drinks with high amounts of sugar and starch in moderation. You can also wash them down with a glass of water, which helps cleanse your smile of harmful particles. When you eat, try to include fresh fruits and veggies on your plate. These items are not only delicious and good for you, but the rougher ones, like carrots, apples, and broccoli, help scrub away plaque when you consume them. With a healthier diet, you have a healthier smile, and can still enjoy your favorite dishes.
Brushing and Flossing
Good care during this season is also paramount. Even if you’re out of town or on holiday break, you should make sure you brush your teeth for two minutes in the morning and at night, and use a fluoride toothpaste when you do. Also, make time to floss every evening, as this removes what is beyond the reach of a toothbrush in most cases. If you haven’t scheduled a checkup and cleaning visit lately, now is a great time to do so. You can obtain care before the year ends, and also use any remaining dental insurance benefits or health savings account funds before they expire at midnight on December 31st. If you have any questions about our treatment options, or about setting up an appointment with our team, then contact our team today to learn more. We want to help you greet 2022 with your best possible smile!
Talk To Your Newhall, CA Dentist About Good Dental Hygiene
We would like you and your family to maintain good oral health throughout this holiday season. If you would like to learn more about how we correct the health and beauty of your smile, then contact your Newhall, CA, dentist, Dr. Tajik, by calling (661) 259-7760.