How Do Holiday Sweets Cause Cavities?

Christmas is just a few days away! Which means you’re going to inundated with all kinds of sugary sweets, from candy canes to Christmas cookies. However, we want our Albuquerque, NM, patients to understand that too much of a good thing could mean cavities!

The Dangers of Sugar

When we consume foods and drinks that contain sugar, the particles left behind on our teeth are broken down by bacteria. In the process, the oral acidity in your mouth increases and plaque buildup accumulates on the teeth. Soon, the outer enamel weakens and bacteria reaches the inner dentin, causing cavities to form.

The Warning Signs of Decay

If you undergo routine checkups, then we often identify cavities in the earliest stages possible, treating them before they progress. Otherwise, you may not know anything is wrong until you begin to experience tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures, or possibly a toothache that doesn’t subside after 48 hours. If you have persistent pain in your teeth, then let us know right away.

Preventing Cavities

To avoid cavities, try to cut back on sugary foods and drinks. If you enjoy a sugary Christmas treat, wash it down with a glass of water to help cleanse away the sugar particles. We suggest taking time to brush your teeth twice daily and floss before going to bed. Don’t forget to also make time to see us every six months for a checkup and cleaning. These routine visits help you enjoy a healthier smile. If you have any questions about staying cavity-free following the holiday season, then contact our team today. Let’s make 2019 the year you enjoy optimal oral health.

Stay Free of Tooth Decay This Christmas!

At Snow Park Dental, Dr. Mark A. Miller and our team want you to enjoy the holiday season without worrying about tooth decay in 2019. We’re here, whether you need a checkup and cleaning or if you have an aching tooth. Contact us today at 505-299-2979 to schedule a consultation at our Albuquerque, NM, office. We welcome patients and families from Rio Rancho, Corrales, Edgewood, Tijeras, Los Lunas, and all surrounding communities.