Staying Cavity-Free During The Holidays

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The holiday season is here, which means many of us will be tempted by our favorite seasonal treats, many of which are high in sugar or starch. This could increase the risk of cavities in the weeks and months to follow. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist talks about staying cavity-free during the holiday season.

Your Holiday Favorites and Tooth Decay

Often, this time of year encourages us to enjoy foods and drinks high in sugar, or meals with options high in starch. These ingredients cling to the teeth, and could remain there for harmful bacteria to consume. This process elevates oral acidity and then coats the teeth in harmful layers of plaque buildup, increasing the risk of tooth decay, gingivitis, gum disease, and even bad breath and dental discoloration. To help lower your cavity risk, try to enjoy sugar and starch-rich options in moderation. Drink a glass of water with them to help cleanse the mouth, and if possible, add fresh fruit and vegetables to your plate to balance it all out. Some fresh fruits and veggies, like apples, carrots, and broccoli, could help scrub away plaque as you consume them.

Maintaining Good Homecare

Daily oral hygiene is also crucial, even if you’re out of town or staying with family. Every day, people of all ages need to brush in the morning for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste, and then need to do the same before going to bed. We also need to floss every evening, as this reaches and removes trapped particles in between the teeth or in the gum line, which a toothbrush alone cannot do. These actions help reduce the amount of plaque that can form in between your checkup and cleaning visits, so your smile stays bright and healthy.

Your Checkup Visit

You should also consider scheduling your final checkup of 2021 if you haven’t already. A visit now means we can take a close look at your smile for possible signs of trouble, and administer treatment before the year comes to an end. If you have dental insurance benefits or a health savings account, you can use benefits and funds before they expire at midnight on December 31st. You and your family can then ring in the New Year with a brighter and healthier smile! If you have any questions about our treatment options, or if you would like to schedule a preventive visit, then contact our team today.


We would love to help you protect your smile this year and in all the ones to come! To find out more about keeping smiles free of tooth decay, then please contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.