Although sugary snacks may seem like a good idea, they aren’t so great on your teeth and we want to give you a few tips on how to avoid these tempting treats. Colgate explains that, “there is bacteria that lives in your mouth all the time and when you put sugar into your mouth, the bacteria in the plaque eat up the sweet stuff and turn it into acids. These acids can do a lot of harm to your teeth. They can dissolve the hard enamel that covers your teeth and then cavities can form. If you cut back on sugary foods then the bacteria cannot produce as much of the destructive acid that eats away enamel.”
Before you start eating, think about whether or not it’s loaded with sugar; if it is try to find something else to eat—something that will be better for your teeth. Certain types of sugary foods have the potential to do more damage than other foods. “Gooey or chewy sweets are going to spend more time sticking to the surface of your teeth” the experts at Colgate said. So when you are looking to have better oral hygiene, choose sugary foods less often and avoid sweets between meals. Make sure to eat a variety of low or non-fat foods from the basic food groups and brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste after snacks and meals.
If you need any help on how to have good oral hygiene, then call our office to schedule an appointment at Artistic Touch Dentistry!