The holidays are upon us, and that means seasonal foods and drinks, many of which are filled with sugar. Your risk of cavities increases when you eat sugary sweets. A cavity occurs when the enamel is weakened and destroyed after prolonged contact between teeth and food, or when the acidic content of the mouth is higher than normal—easy on the wine!

This should not prevent you from enjoying holiday goodies. Here are a few tips that can decrease your chance of getting a pesky cavity:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day
  • Floss daily
  • Rinse daily with fluoride-containing mouthwash
  • Eat nutritious and balanced meals
  • Avoid avid snacking, especially sticky foods
  • Consult your dentist about supplemental fluoride
  • Drink fluoridated water
  • Visit your dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams

Brush and floss after every meal to get rid of any sticky leftovers. It is important to have fluoride-containing toothpaste and mouth-wash to help prevent tooth decay. Fluoride increases teeth’s resistance to acid attacks from plaque, bacteria and sugars in the mouth. If you practice excellent dental hygiene, the possibility of a cavity is far less stressful than the annual Thanksgiving family photo.

For more suggestions on cavity prevention, or to schedule your next cleaning, call 775.359.3934, or visit