With Thanksgiving right around the corner, many people will be gathering with families to celebrate. Of course, that celebration will also include binging on traditional Thanksgiving fare, such as turkey, stuffing, and of course, pie. Unfortunately, a lot of our Thanksgiving favorites aren’t very good for our teeth. Your Dallas dentist, Dr. Diep Truong, offers tips for enjoying your holiday meal and safeguarding your smile against tooth decay.

A Smile Healthy Thanksgiving

Many of our favorites, such as stuffing or rolls, contain a lot of carbohydrates. Pies, and cakes, while delicious, are also heavy on sugar. When bacteria break down food containing high levels of carbohydrates and sugars, the level of oral acids in your mouth elevate. Soon, these acids weaken your enamel and lead to plaque buildup, increasing the risk of cavities.

Does that mean you shouldn’t enjoy grandma’s famous pecan pie? Not at all, just take a few simple precautions recommended by your Dallas dentist:

  • Each fresh vegetables: Carrots, broccoli, and other fresh vegetables help scrub away the sugars coating your teeth.
  • Drink plenty of water: Cut back on the consumption of sodas and tea. Instead, drink water. Drinking water boosts saliva levels and helps cleanse the mouth of bacteria and stray food particles.
  • Clean your teeth: After dinner, find the time for a quick trip to the bathroom. There, brush and floss your teeth and rinse with a little water. Taking just a few minutes to clean your teeth reduces the risk of tooth decay.
  • Visit Dr. Truong: After returning home, schedule a visit with your Dallas Dentist. Dr. Truong can perform a thorough dental cleaning, improving the beauty of your smile and decreasing the risk of dental caries. Call today to make an appointment for a checkup and cleaning.

Don’t Forget About Your Insurance Benefits!

The end of the year is coming up fast. Remember, if you don’t use your benefits you will lose them! Schedule a visit with Dr. Truong today.

About Dr. Truong: Dr. Diep Truong, DDS offers a comfortable dental care employing the latest in cutting-edge dental technology. Our patients in Dallas and Richardson have access to innovative preventive, cosmetic, and restorative procedures. To schedule an appointment, call Viva Dental Family Dentistry at (214) 337-7800 (Dallas) or (972) 437-6000 (Richardson).