Protect Your Teeth while Enjoying Festival and Fair Food

oral health routineTo be alive (and not confined to a cave with no wifi) in the 21st century is to be bombarded with information about how everything we eat, drink, and dream about eating and drinking will ultimately kill us. Or at the very least, make us fat and destroy our teeth. Sugar is everywhere, and anything less than perfectly white unicorn teeth will make us hideous, undesirable monsters. Or so it can seem sometimes.

But to be alive is really to have the freedom to enjoy a fried bacon/Snickers wrapped donut/churro hybrid (or three) at a music festival or street fair from time to time!

Preventive and Restorative Dentistry in Fall River, MA

Dr. Suhair Shamoon, a Fall River, MA-based dentist, reminds her patients that indulging in the foods they enjoy from time to time is perfectly normal. The key is to enjoy high sugar foods and snacks in moderation and to maintain a daily oral hygiene routine that includes brushing and flossing, in order to prevent cavities and plaque buildup. Combined with the acids in the mouth, excess sugar accelerates the bacteria and plaque buildup that can lead to gingivitis and advanced gum disease.

In order to keep periodontal disease in check, Dr. Shamoon recommends gently brushing after each meal. If you are like millions of Americans and prone to passing out in bed each night too exhausted to floss, making it a part of the morning routine instead is just as effective. Even with meticulous oral hygiene care at home, regular professional dental cleanings are also a must. Twice yearly is usually the ideal, but a dentist may suggest less or more depending on the patient.

Contact a Dentist in Fall River, MA

Practicing preventive oral hygiene and regular visits to the dentist are the best way to maintain healthy teeth and gums and avoid gum disease. In addition to daily brushing and flossing at home, regular checkups and professional cleanings are the best way to continue enjoying the foods you love. For more information, contact Dr. Suhair Shamoon at Dentistry with a Smile by calling (508) 672-6471 to schedule an appointment today.