In just a few days, millions of people will be hitting the road to enjoy Thanksgiving with their families. Amid the feasting and catching up, don’t forget about your smile. With a few easy steps, you can still enjoy your grandma’s pecan pie without risking the onset of cavities. Dr. Diep Truong wants to make sure you enjoy a fun and smile healthy Thanksgiving holiday.

The Causes of Tooth Decay

Why do we develop cavities? Tooth decay forms as a result of harmful oral bacteria breaking down sugars and other food particles. This increases oral acidity and leads to plaque buildup. Plaque, a byproduct of bacteria, causes gum inflammation and weakens the protective layer of outer enamel. Soon, your enamel erodes and allows bacteria to reach the layers of dentin beneath, where decay forms. Patients may then notice tooth sensitivity to hot or cold temperatures and persistent toothaches.

Protect Your Smile!

Thanksgiving is a time to celebrate with family and enjoy a wonderful meal. To eat freely without worrying about endangering your smile, there are a few steps you can take:

  • Drink water: When you drink water, this cleanses the mouth of stray food particles and bacteria. Soda coats the teeth in sugars and tea contains dark pigments that can stain the teeth.
  • Brush and floss frequently: If you can, slip away to the bathroom between meals to brush and floss. If you can’t brush, bring some floss with you. Flossing better removes the bits of food that become caught between your teeth.
  • Limit consumption of desert: Something as simple as only eating one piece of pie instead of two can reduce your risk of cavities.

Checkup and Cleaning

Once the holidays end, contact Dr. Truong to schedule a checkup and dental cleaning. We can remove plaque from your teeth and if we discover the early stages of tooth decay, we can offer treatment before the issue progresses any further.

About Your Dallas, TX Dentist:

Dallas TX dentist, 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).