If you have a sweet tooth but are constantly worried about developing cavities, a dentist is the person to ask for advice on how to eat your cake and have it too.
Most dentists recommend limiting your intake of sugar-rich foods if you are vulnerable to cavities. Of course, that is a lot easier said than done. Many people are simply not ready to completely give up sweets, so the next best thing is figuring out how to minimize the damage caused by your sweet tooth.
Tips from a dentist on preventing cavities while having a sweet tooth
1. Choose the right times to indulge
When a person decides to enjoy sweets affects how much damage is caused by the habit. For example, munching on sweets right before going to bed is never a good idea. Sugar has a sticky nature and it is acidic. This means it sticks to teeth and immediately begins to eat away at the enamel even before oral bacteria decide to join the party.
When a person eats sweets right before bed, the damage done is maximized since saliva production is reduced during sleep. There is less saliva to clean teeth and wash the sugar away, so more damage is done. It is best to consume treats early during the day, preferably right after meals. That way there is enough time for saliva to wash the sticky sugars off.
2. Drink water after
Water also helps to clean teeth, so dentists recommend drinking some after consuming sugar-rich beverages or foods. The water neutralizes the acidic nature of the sugar and washes it away from teeth.
3. Get sticky stuff off teeth immediately
The longer sugary snacks get to stick to a person's teeth, the more damage is done to them. The worst types of sweets are often sticky ones. These hold on tightly to teeth surfaces, and it can take a while for saliva to get them off.
It is best to get rid of any leftover particles as soon as possible. A toothbrush is perfect for this task, with or without toothpaste. Gently go over the teeth, removing anything stuck on them. If brushing is not possible, vigorously rinse the mouth with water as if it were mouthwash and spit it out.
4. Night time oral care
Those who want to enjoy sweets without damaging their teeth should make it a priory to brush nightly. All sorts of sugars build up in the mouth during the day and saliva production is reduced during sleep. This creates a perfect environment for cavity-causing bacteria to thrive.
Brush, floss and use mouthwash each night to prevent this from happening.
Good oral care trumps sweets
Taking good care of your teeth allows you to enjoy your favorite treats without having to deal with a bunch of cavities. There are also treatments like dental sealants and fluoride treatments that can be used to protect your teeth. Stop by our Decatur office to learn more about keeping your teeth cavity-free.
Request an appointment here: https://www.anthony-dental.com or call Anthony Dental Services at (256) 355-0199 for an appointment in our Decatur office.
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