Sweet Tooth - Cupcake Cravings! How to Give in Without Damaging Your Oral Health
Posted on 11/15/2019 by Dr. J. Derek Tieken
Sugary foods and drinks are temptations that we all succumb to periodically. They can introduce a war in your mouth, as sugar is transformed to acid in your mouth, it begins eroding your protective enamel.
If you have a sweet tooth for your favorite cupcake don't feel uneasy. Protecting your teeth doesn't sign you up for a life without sugar. Our dental office is delighted to present simple steps to look after your teeth and further prevent cavities after snacking.
Tips to Prevent Those Cupcakes from Causing Cavities
Use restraint when snacking by enjoying those sweets a sparingly. Eat them with meals instead of grazing throughout the day. This helps diminish the sugars contact with your teeth. Use good judgment when you hydrate. Resist the impulse to sip sugary sodas between meals, the acid can rapidly form plaque.
Stick to water, milk, or unsweetened tea. They possess a low acidic pH. Swish your mouth with tap water (contains fluoride) after snacking and wait about 30 minutes to brush your teeth. Eating softens enamel, you don't want to brush it off. Chew some Xylitol gum to reduce cavity-causing bacteria.
More Suggestions to Keep Your Mouth Safe
Purchase small travel-sized mouthwash, a toothbrush, and some floss. Keep it in your office or in your car. Studies show you're twice as likely to use it if it's already set up at work or in your vehicle. No matter where you are, wait for 30 minutes after snacking, then you can brush away that dangerous bacteria.
If you consume an abundance of sweets, change your toothbrush at home. Chances are you're at risk for more plaque buildup than an average person. Invest in an efficient electronic toothbrush with triple-action bristles or diamond-shaped heads. They are constructed to reach those nooks and crannies full of bacteria.
If it's been longer than 6 months since your last visit, call us today. If you love your sweets, it's recommended you receive teeth cleanings every 90 days. Don't believe us, come see what accumulates after 3 months and bit too many delicious cupcakes. Reach out today, we are happy to assist your oral health care.
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