Ready for the big day? This week many of us will be traveling to see friends and family, and sit down for a wonderful meal together. However, that same meal is likely to contain quite a few sugary and starchy foods. Which is why today’s blog is all about what our Keller, TX, patients can to protect their smiles from cavities.
Brush and Floss
Routine care from home helps remove food particles from on and between your teeth, limiting the chances of tooth decay forming in between your checkup and cleaning appointments. You should brush your teeth twice a day, once when you wake and again before going to bed. Each session should take no less than two minutes. Flossing before going to bed also helps, in fact, we suggest bringing a little floss with you to clean your teeth after your big meal!
The Risks of Sugary and Starchy Foods
Sugars and starches leave particles behind on the teeth, which will be broken down by bacteria. As this happens, oral acidity increases and plaque buildup accumulates on the surface of the tooth, leading to the onset of tooth decay. You should enjoy your pies, cakes, cookies, and cranberry sauce in moderation. We also suggest watching out for starchy foods, such as stuffing, biscuits, muffins, and cornbread.
Enjoy a Glass of Water
When you drink water with your meal, you help rinse away food particles and stay hydrated, all without exposing your teeth to sugars and acids. So, try to cut back on sweet teas and sodas, instead enjoy a glass of water. If you drink wine, be aware that red and white wines often soften tooth enamel, so you should rinse thoroughly with water before brushing your teeth that night! If you have any question about avoiding the onset of cavities, or if you’re ready for a checkup and cleaning, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Staying Cavity-Free?
Our team wants you to enjoy your holiday and protect your smile from cavities. For more information, schedule a consultation with your dentist by calling the office of Dr. Jeff Jenkins in Keller, TX, today at (682) 593-0993.