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At Roanoke Dental Care in Roanoke, Virginia, Dr. Priyanka Dutt and our team are happy to share some healthy smile tips you may not know which can help you navigate the holidays without compromising your healthy smile!

#1 Saliva Production

While plaque–the bacteria that sticks to the teeth and releases acid that wears down tooth enamel–is responsible for causing tooth decay, saliva helps rinse away bacteria and neutralizes the acid. In this sense, saliva acts like a disinfecting cavity fighter. But if you have dry mouth, whether from illness, medication, or unhealthy habits, you want to increase your saliva production. To help stimulate sufficient saliva production, drink plenty of water, chew sugar-free gum or mints, and snack on crisp vegetables. Our dentist may also prescribe artificial saliva if necessary.

#2 Planned Snacks

The more often you consume sugar (feeding the bacteria in plaque) the more acids coat your tooth enamel for longer periods. Because of this, it is better to have a slice of cheesecake with a meal rather than snack on chips or chocolate throughout the day. It takes about 20 minutes to clear sugar from your mouth before it is neutralized. During that 20-minute time period, the bacteria convert the sugar to acid where they are busy attacking your teeth and demineralizing the enamel. Snacking all day keeps this process going on long enough to result in tooth decay, over time. As teeth continue to soften the end result can be root canals and extracted teeth. This is why you want to brush and floss the bacteria away daily.

This holiday season, keep up with your daily brushing and flossing routine and see Dr. Priyanka Dutt if you haven’t had your bi-annual dental checkup yet. To schedule your next visit, please call 540-685-0105 to get on our calendar. At Roanoke Dental Care in Roanoke, Virginia, we wish you and your loved ones a smile healthy Thanksgiving!