Thanksgiving is just a few days away. Will you be heading out of town? We want the members of our Liberty, MO, community to enjoy a safe and happy holiday. We also want them to enjoy a smile-healthy holiday, and in today’s blog we have a few tips for protecting your teeth from decay throughout the holiday season.

How Does a Cavity Develop?

Cavities are a common oral health issue that impacts smiles of all ages, from babies and toddlers to teens and adults. They form when our protective layer of outer enamel can no longer hold bacteria at bay. An injury to the tooth, or poor oral hygiene, could weaken this layer and enable bacteria to reach the dentin below, a sensitive structure that makes up most of your tooth. A cavity then forms that will grow more severe and eventually lead to pain and sensitivity, as well as infection. Unfortunately, many holiday favorites can often lead to a greater risk of cavities!

Watch Out For Your Holiday Favorites

When we consume foods and drinks high in sugar and starch, this leaves particles behind on and between the teeth. Unless removed, bacteria will break down these particles, in the process elevating oral acidity and coating the teeth in plaque. A bacterial buildup, plaque can erode enamel and inflame gum tissue, increasing the risk of cavities and gum disease. If you’re going to enjoy your favorite pies and cookies, or starchy favorites, like mashed potatoes, biscuits, stuffing, or muffins, then be sure to drink water to help cleanse your smile. Also, enjoy a few rough veggies, like fresh broccoli and carrots, which helps scrub away plaque as you consume them.

Preventive Care at Home and in Our Office

After your big holiday feast, excuse yourself so you can immediately floss your teeth, which removes the trapped bits of food. At night, you should always brush your teeth for two minutes and floss before going to sleep. You should brush again in the morning. We suggest using a toothbrush with soft bristles to prevent damage to the enamel, and a toothpaste that contains fluoride, which strengthens enamel. Make time to see us before the year ends for a checkup and cleaning, so we can remove plaque and keep an eye on your smile’s health! If you have any questions, or if you would like to schedule a visit, then contact our team today.

Schedule Your Next Visit

We want to make sure you end 2019 on a healthy note, so be sure to schedule your final checkup and cleaning of the year. To learn more about our general and preventive treatments, then schedule a consultation by calling Bailey Dental Care in Liberty, MO, today at (816) 452-9700.