Staying Free Of Cavities After Thanksgiving

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In just a few days, many of our patients will be celebrating Thanksgiving with their families. We hope everyone enjoys their fest and their favorite dishes. But we also want people to avoid the risk of cavities during the holiday season. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist talks about avoiding holiday-related cavities.

The Impact of Sugar and Starch

Starch is a main ingredient of a number of our holiday favorites, from stuffing and mashed potatoes, to biscuits, muffins, and sweet potato casserole. Sugar is found in all or our beloved cobblers, pies, cakes, and cookies. While we don’t want you to forgo your favorite dishes, we instead recommend eating them in moderation. Otherwise, the sugars and starches that cling to your teeth will be broken down by harmful oral bacteria, a process that leads to plaque buildup, weakened enamel, and an increased risk of tooth decay. Not to mention a higher risk of bad breath and teeth stains too!

Healthy Smile Habits

When you begin assembling your plate, be sure to balance the items high in sugar and starch with some healthy choices too, such as fresh fruits and veggies. Did you know some rough fruits and veggies, like broccoli, carrots, and apples, could help scrub away food particles as you consume them? You should also consider drinking a glass of water with your meal, as this helps rinse away trapped food particles. After your meal, exchange yourself to floss for added protection.

You also need to maintain regular oral hygiene habits during the holidays, such as brushing your teeth for two minutes when you wake and once again before bed. Each session should involve the use of fluoride toothpaste to help strengthen the outer enamel. Before bed, you also need to floss too, as this removes what particles have been trapped between teeth and beyond a toothbrush’s reach.

Checkup and Cleaning Visits

Before the year comes to a close (and before your 2022 dental insurance benefits expire) we recommend a visit for a checkup and cleaning. You can see us now to avoid scheduling during the hectic portions of the holiday season. We will examine the smile and provide treatment for concerns we find, such as tooth decay or gingivitis. Our team will clean the teeth, removing all harmful plaque and tartar buildup to lower the risk of bad breath, stained teeth, and even cavities and periodontal concerns. If you have any questions, then give us a call today!


We would like you to enjoy your holiday meals without developing cavities. If you have any questions about protecting your smile during the holidays, then contact your Des Moines, IA, dentist, Dr. Burds, by calling 515-244-9565.