In just a few weeks, many of us will be joining our family for holiday celebrations, or possibly attending get-togethers with friends or co-workers. We hope you have a safe and fun time, but we also want you to keep your smile in mind. Remember, many holiday favorites contain ingredients that could potentially be harmful for your smile. Your Albuquerque, NM, dentist talks about protecting your smile from cavities!
Both sugar and starch tend to stick to our teeth, which means they could be broken down by bacteria. In the process, the levels of oral acidity in your mouth elevate, and the teeth become coated in a sticky layer of plaque, which weakens tooth enamel and increases the risk of dental cavities, as bacteria can now reach the inner and sensitive layers of dentin. To reduce your risk, be sure to cut back on sugary foods and drinks, as well as starchy items like mashed potatoes, stuffing, biscuits, and chips. You can also eat a fresh veggies and fruits which often help scrub away food particles and plaque as you consume them. Enjoying a glass of water also helps cleanse your mouth.
But how do you know if you already have a cavity? Well, you may notice tooth sensitivity to hot or cold food and drinks. A persistent toothache could also arise. At this point, treatment is crucial because if you’re feeling pain due to the cavity, then the risk of infection or abscess has increased greatly. Be sure to let us know so we can perform a diagnosis and then treat the cavity. A filling can be placed in one visit, and we also have crowns for more substantial cases of tooth decay.
Did you know that with routine six-month checkups and cleanings, our team can identify cavities in the earliest stages, often before you experience discomfort? We can then offer treatment to prevent painful oral health complications. The cleaning portion, which removes all plaque and tartar, also helps by limiting the risk of cavities and gum disease. If you schedule a visit now, we can see you before the holidays and you can take advantage of your 2019 dental insurance benefits before they expire at the end of December. If you have any questions about avoiding tooth decay or safeguarding your smile throughout the holiday season, then please contact our team today!
Let’s work together to ensure you start the holidays and end the year with a healthy and bright smile. For more information on our preventive and cosmetic procedures, then schedule a consultation with us by calling Snow Park Dental in Albuquerque, NM, today at (505) 596-4479.
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