We’re right in the middle of December, so big holiday celebrations are in full swing. Holiday meals are filled with amazing food and even better desserts. However, without proper oral hygiene, these fun treats could actually be setting you up for New Year cavities.

Preventing Cavities Quiz

1. True or False: The foods and drinks you consume can lead to tooth decay.

2. True or False: Brushing and flossing are vital for avoiding dental caries.

3. True or False: You should have your teeth examined regularly.

4. True or False: You can take steps to protect your smile during holiday meals.

Answer Key

1. True. When we consume foods and drinks high in sugar and other starches, bacteria break down the sugar particles. The process elevates the level of oral acidity and coats the teeth in a sticky byproduct known as plaque. Eventually, this weakens the teeth enamel, leading to erosion. Once bacteria bypass the weakened outer enamel, decay can form in the layers of dentin.

2. True. When we brush our teeth and floss, this removes the food particles and harmful bacteria from your teeth. Routine dental care helps avoid major plaque buildup and reduce your risk of developing cavities.

3. True. Regular checkups and dental cleanings completely remove plaque buildup and allow the doctor to monitor your smile for the earliest signs of a cavity. We can then recommend treatment before the decay progresses and leads to an infection or abscess.

4. True. To decrease your chances of dental caries, we recommend flossing after every meal. You can also drink lots of water, which helps cleanse your mouth. If you have any questions or concerns about preventing tooth decay and having a healthy holiday, please contact our office today.

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Dallas TX dentist, Dr. Diep Truong, DDS offers a comfortable dental care employing the latest in cutting-edge dental technology. We strive to make sure 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).