Sugar: not so sweet for our teeth
by: Dental Assistant Team
Sugar, in all of its forms, is one of your teeth's biggest enemies. So many foods have sugar, and many you might not even suspect!
The obvious form of sugar is refined sugar which is commonly found in candy, pastries, sodas, and the likes. But many foods like cereals, energy bars, vitamin water, fruits juice, and more can hide a large amount of sugar. Did you know a 12oz can of soda is equal to ten teaspoon of sugar?!
I meet many patients who are eating so healthy coming in with root decay, cavities and they are shocked to realize it is often because they have that one cup of coffee with sugar, or the one soda they sip on throughout the day. It is often one little habit as small as sipping a Gatorade all day long.
Guess what? That sugar is constantly moving around in your mouth and turning into plaque, which is what causes the decay. The same thing is true about diet soda, it is acidic and dissolves the enamel of your teeth if you sip on it all day. Even just one diet soda a day is believe to do damage to the enamel of your teeth.
I see patients who chewing gum, or sucking on candy (even the sugarless kind) and keeping it on one side of their mouth, and they develop root decay in that area just in a few month! If left untreated or not detected early enough, that tooth decay can lead to tooth loss pretty fast.
Even with a great balanced diet, a small bad habit can cause great damage to your teeth.
Here are a few things to remember:
Enjoy your sweet drink once in a while, drink it in a timely manner ,rinse with water, and if you cannot brush right away, chew on Xylitol sugarless gum, as it helps remove plaque and promote healthy bacteria in your mouth. Follow the same routine with candy or even fruit juice, consume them and brush if you can or rinse well with water.
Ask us to help evaluate your daily habits, as there might be one little thing you do that could affect the health of your teeth.
Drink and eat your treats, but don't forget to rinse and brush!
If you have any questions regarding this post, contact us at: 561-265-1998 , one of our representatives will be happy to assist you.
Article date: Aug. 05 2013
Type: Tooth Decay And Cavities
Location: Boca Raton - Palm Beach County