Having a sugary treat from time to time is fine, but too much sugar is damaging to your oral health. Today we will explore what sugar does to your teeth and how to care for your oral health if you do decide to indulge in a delectable sugary snack.
Sugar and Spice and Everything Not So Good.
It can be tempting to relax after a stressful day with a sugary treat as a reward. Perhaps a bowl of ice cream or a nice cup of hot chocolate feels like something you deserve after a long day, but the so-called reward can have negative effects on your oral health that you need to be aware of.
Sugar is fuel for the bacteria that live in your mouth. They begin to feed on it right away and this can damage the enamel of your teeth. The bacteria eat away at not only the sugary residue, but it feeds on the plaque and tartar build up in your mouth causing erosion and decay of the surface of your teeth. This can lead to cavities, decay and even tooth loss if not cared for properly.
If you do decide to indulge, remember to brush and floss your teeth immediately after your treatment. This will help to remove any food particles and residue from your teeth and reduce your chances of developing cavities.
Avoid sticky treats like caramels, as these can be very difficult to completely remove from your teeth, even with brushing. Soft drinks and other sweetened drinks should also be limited and followed with brushing and flossing if you do decide to partake.
Regularly scheduled cleanings are very important in maintaining good oral health, so please give our office a call today and schedule your next appointment. We look forward to seeing you soon!
At The Elmwood Dental Group LLC, our office is both parking and wheel chair accessible.