Sugar is everywhere, not just in the cookies, candies, cakes, and other treats we love to indulge in. Most carbohydrates eventually break down into sugars, and there is also added sugar in many of the pre-packaged food products on the market. To avoid the negative effects of sugar on your teeth, follow these valuable tips.
Good Oral Hygiene
A good oral hygiene routine is vital to healthy teeth. In addition to brushing twice a day and flossing at least once a day, consider brushing immediately after eating very sugary things to prevent an “acid attack.” If you haven’t established a good routine for yourself or your kids, now is an excellent time to resolve to do it. Using fluoride toothpaste can help strengthen your teeth as well, as it can improve resistance to acid decay.
Avoid The Acids
When most people think about acids eroding the enamel on their teeth, they think about avoiding carbonation and similar things. That isn’t the only source for acids, however. All mouths have bacteria, and most of those bacteria feed on sugars and produce acid that slowly dissolves the enamel and causes decay. This is most prevalent in the 20 minutes directly after eating sugary foods. The more you spread out those sugary foods, the bigger the “acid attack” window you create for your teeth.
Even with a good oral hygiene routine and limiting the time sugar sits on your teeth, you could still have decay. Go to your regular cleaning appointments and have any early signs of decay dealt with. The sooner you catch and deal with decay, the less harm it will be able to do. You can also ask your kids’ dentist to put a sealant on their permanent molars when they come in to help protect them even more.
Good Food Choices
Finally, it is unrealistic to remove all sugars and starches from your diet, but making good food choices and having a balanced diet overall is an excellent way to limit the effects of sugar. Try to eat nutritious, balanced meals that have protein, carbs, and good fats. You should also cut back on snacks, especially sugary ones and check food labels for added sugars, even in things that are not sweet.
Keep Your Smile Healthy with Affinity
While these tips can help with some tooth and gum sensitivity issues, we know the best way of correcting the problem is to visit your dentist regularly. Affinity Dental, located in Catonsville, MD, has six dentists and provides a variety of services from pediatric dentistry to orthodontics. Affinity Dental is capable of meeting all your needs. With 170 combined years of treating a variety of dental needs, Affinity is committed to providing quality dental care. To get your teeth back into good health and make your smile bright, call us at 410-719-7900 or contact us online. For other useful tips on dental care follow us on Facebook and Twitter.