When we consume meals high in sugar and starch, this could lead to the onset of tooth decay. Unfortunately, this means that many of our favorite holiday dishes could increase the risk of tooth decay and toothaches. In today’s blog, your Austin, MN, dentists will explain how to help protect your smile during your Thanksgiving feast!
The Dangers of Sugar and Starch
Both of these ingredients are found in a lot of our holiday favorites. For example, starch is often in mashed potatoes, sweet potato dishes, yams, stuffing, and muffins or biscuits. Sugar of course is found in pies, cakes, cookies, cranberry sauce, and other sweets. When we consume items high in these items, this means the particles cling to the teeth and become trapped between them, left for bacteria to break down. In the process of consuming these items, bacteria leave behind plaque buildup, a layer responsible for enamel erosion and a higher cavity risk.
Tips for a Healthier Dinner
Limiting the number of sugary and starchy items you pile on your plate could be helpful, as could adding some fresh fruits and veggies too. After all, some fresh vegetables and fruits, such as apples, carrots, and broccoli, could help scrub away plaque and clean your teeth. Drinking water is helpful too. Not only is water free of harmful sugars and acids, but tap water contains fluoride, which helps strengthen the outer enamel. Finally, you can end your meal by excusing yourself to go and floss, removing any trapped food particles.
Continue Brushing and Flossing
Oral bacteria don’t take the holidays off, so you need to keep brushing and flossing your teeth daily. Remember to brush first thing in the morning, and then once more before going to bed. Each session should take at least two minutes, and make sure the toothpaste you use contains fluoride. Flossing before bed is crucial too, as this extracts what a toothbrush may not even be able to reach! Before the year ends and your 2020 dental insurance benefits expire, be sure to schedule a cleaning visit. With a cleaning, our team can remove all plaque and tartar from your smile. Doing so helps lower the risk of cavities, and ensure your start 2021 with your best possible smile!
COVID-19 Safety Tips
Remember to try and avoid any large indoor gatherings or events, and wear a mask when your out of your home. Wash your hand frequently too!
Do You Have Questions About Avoiding Cavities?
We know how to help patients of all ages lower their risk of issues like cavities and infection. Be sure to contact Potach and Mitchel Dental in Austin, MN, today at 507-437-6312. Our team understands how to strengthen your smile and avoid the risk of tooth decay.