What will your Thanksgiving holiday be like? For many of us, this holiday won’t involve large family gatherings. However, that doesn’t mean we won’t still be indulging in our holiday favorites, many of which are linked to cavities. In today’s blog, your Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist will look at what you can do to protect your smile from cavities.
The Impact of Sugar and Starch
What makes the ingredients sugar and starch so harmful for our smile? Well, both can become trapped on or between our teeth, and are both easily broken down by bacteria. In the process of consuming these stray particles, bacteria coat the teeth in harmful layers of plaque buildup, and also elevate oral acidity. Combined, these factors mean enamel erosion and gum inflammation, major causes of both cavities and gum disease. Sugar is found in everything from cakes and pies to cranberry sauce and sweet tea. Starch is a major ingredient in muffins, biscuits, mashed potatoes, sweet potatoes, and more. So, how do you enjoy your meal without putting your smile at risk?
Steps for a Healthy Feast
First, try to limit how many items high in sugar and starch you consume. You can also drink water with your meal, as this helps cleanse your mouth as you drink. Make time for fresh fruits and veggies too. Not only do they contain essential vitamins and nutrients, but rougher ones like broccoli, apples, and carrots, could help scrub away trapped food particles as you consume them. After your meal, you can excuse yourself to floss and remove the bits of food from between your teeth. Continue brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes, and use a fluoride toothpaste when you do. You also need to floss every day before going to bed at night. These actions help limit how much plaque can form until you see us for a cleaning! In fact, consider scheduling a visit for a cleaning soon, so you can start 2021 with a healthier smile, and put the rest of your 2020 dental insurance benefits and health savings funds to good use before they expire.
Other Important Healthy Steps
Be sure to take the continuing spread of COVID-19 across the country into account when planning your celebration. Many people are avoiding large family gatherings, instead hanging out with immediate family and visiting others via Skype or Zoom. This is especially important for older family member who may be vulnerable to the disease. Be sure to wear your mask, and wash your hands frequently too!
Do You Have Questions About Preventive Dentistry?
We want to make sure you (and your smile) stay healthy an strong this Thanksgiving. Schedule a visit with your Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist right away by calling Stadium Dental and Orthodontics at (909) 476-9678. We proudly welcome patients from Rancho Cucamonga, CA, as well as Ontario, Fontana, Upland, Rialto, and the surrounding communities.