May 17, 2017
Many people have a sweet tooth—others have sweet teeth. It’s really no wonder because there are tantalizing and delicious sugary treats just about everywhere, from the grocery and mall, to the movie theater and arcade. Despite the temptation, it really does pay to resist. The consequences of sugar on your teeth may not be noticeable immediately, but too much could lead to more than your fair share of cavities. Read on to find out exactly why your dentist in Belton, TX advocates limiting sweet treats.
What Happens When You Eat Sugar?
First of all sugar isn’t only in cakes, cookies and candies. Starchy foods such as white bread and pasta are carbohydrates that convert to sugar. When you eat these or drink sweetened beverages, the bacteria in your mouth feed on the sugar and excrete acids that slowly begin to dissolve enamel, the hard outer shell that surrounds the crown of each tooth. Eventually, a cavity may develop. The National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research found that acids do the most damage to your teeth within the first 20 minutes after eating. Therefore, every time you have a sweet snack, your teeth are exposed to more decay-causing acids.
What’s In a Healthy Diet?
Let’s be frank—you can’t possibly eliminate all sugar from your family’s diet. Nevertheless, you can monitor the number of sweets they have, thereby reducing the amount of acid in your mouth. Here are some ideas:
- Offer you family meals that include a balance of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, lean meats, chicken and fish, as well as low-fat dairy products
- Read the label on the foods you buy in order to find hidden sugar
- Limit between-meal snacks that only spike the acid level in your mouth
- When you do need a snack, make healthy choices such as hard cheese, fruit, yogurt, cottage cheese, peanut butter and sugarless gum
- Stay away from sugary treats that stick to your teeth
- Avoid sodas and fruit juice when you’re thirsty and stick with good old H2O
What about Brushing and Flossing?
Encourage your family to brush and floss their teeth after every meal if possible or at least twice a day. Always use toothpaste with fluoride, which is a mineral that helps strengthen tooth enamel. And be sure to floss, too. Flossing removes plaque, bacteria and debris from in between your teeth where a toothbrush cannot reach.
How Often Should Dental Checkups be Scheduled?
You and each member of your family should see your Belton dentist at least twice each year for a dental cleaning and examination. With this regularity, we can spot decay early and take care of a cavity sooner rather than later.
Contact Our Office Today
The dentists and their team at Ace Dental are your partners in maintaining the health and beauty of your smile. To learn more about what you can do to avoid sugar and other temptations that harm your teeth, call our office today to schedule an appointment.
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