In the next few weeks any of us will be attending holiday events and celebrations, and many of these will feature sugary and starch-rich foods. While delicious, these could increase the risk of a cavity forming. In today’s blog, your Austin, MN, dentist about how to best avoid the risk of cavities and still enjoy your holiday fun.
Holiday Meals and Tooth Decay
We don’t want you to skip your favorite pies or holiday desserts completely, we just want you to enjoy them in moderation and take a few simple steps to help prevent cavities after the holidays. For example, be sure you drink a glass of water with your meal, as water contains no sugars or aids and can help wash away trapped food particles. Adding fresh fruits and veggies to your plate is beneficial too. These items not only contain essential vitamins and nutrients, but they help scrub away plaque and food practices as you eat them.
Brushing and Flossing Properly
During your celebrations, you should still find them to brush and floss properly. For example, make sure each day starts and ends with you brushing for two minutes with a fluoride toothpaste. This goes for kids and adults alike! Flossing is also vital and should happen every evening, as this reaches the bits of food beyond the reach of your toothbrush. You can also excuse yourself right after your meal to floss, removing trapped particles right away.
Checkups and Cleaning
You could also schedule a checkup and cleaning visit with our team before your schedule becomes too hectic. This visit is a chance for us to examine your smile to identify possible areas of concern, and treat them before they put your smile at risk. The cleaning portion means we gently remove all plaque and tartar to improve the health and beauty of the smile. People of all ages benefit from these visits every six months. If you schedule one now, you can greet 2022 with a healthier smile, and also use the remaining dental benefits you have or any leftover health savings funds. You then use them to improve your smile instead of just watching them expire at the end of December.
If you have any questions about keeping your smile healthy and strong throughout the holiday season, or if you would like to schedule your next checkup and cleaning visit, then contact our team today. We can also help you understand the extent of your benefits, so we can plan treatments that fit within your budget.
Talk To Your Austin, MN Dentist About Preventive Dentistry
Our team wants to help your family enjoy optimal oral health. To find out more about how to avoid the onset of tooth decay, then contact your Austin, MN, dentists, Dr. Potach and Dr. Mitchell, by calling 507-437-6312.