Christmas is a wonderful holiday, one that allows us to spend time with friends and family. However, the holiday also encourages us to consume sugary sweets. In order to avoid cavities after the holiday, we have a few tips for our Gary, IN, patients.
Sugary Snacks and Cavity Risks
What makes sugary snacks so bad for our smile? Well, the sugar particles left behind on and between our teeth will be broken down by harmful bacteria. As they consume these particles, oral acidity elevates and the teeth become coated in plaque. The buildup leads to enamel erosion and a higher risk of tooth decay. Plaque buildup also inflames gum tissue, increasing our risk of gingivitis and gum disease.
Signs of Trouble
If you consume a lot of sugar, you may eventually notice your teeth feel sensitive to hot or cold foods and drinks. Toothaches could also form that don’t subside and in fact, grow more severe over time. These are common warning signs of serious tooth decay and you should contact us right away. If you attend routine six-month checkups, we often identify decay before you experience discomfort, treating the problem early.
Take Better Care of Your Smile
What can you do to stay cavity-free? First, limit how many leftover sweets you consume. We also suggest washing down your treats with a glass of water, which helps cleanse your mouth. You should always floss every night before going to bed and brush twice daily for two minutes each session. Finally, take time to see us twice a year for a routine checkup and dental cleaning. If you have any questions, or if you’re ready to schedule an exam and cleaning, then contact our team today. We want to keep your smile healthy all year long!
Keep Your Smile Cavity-Free
Avoid tooth decay after the holidays with better dental hygiene habits and preventive dentistry. To schedule an appointment with your dentist, contact Healthy Smiles in Gary, IN, by calling 219-938-2637, or by emailing our office at firstname.lastname@example.org. We also proudly serve the residents of Gary, Miller, Miller Beach, and all surrounding communities.