Your favorite family dentist in Richardson, TX, wants you to know the main cause of dental decay: eating too much sugar. Not only how much sugar you consume, but how often you consume it.
High Sugar Foods
When you consume foods and drinks with a high sugar content over a long period of time, it causes plaque and bacteria build up. The bacteria produce acids using the sugar in your teeth, and this damages your enamel. Drinks such as sports drinks, energy drinks, and cokes are sugar filled drinks to be aware of, especially if you sip on them.
Other foods to eat fewer and further between, on special occasion, or even avoid altogether, include sticky candy, sweets, carbonated drinks (soda), and sweet desserts. Some of these foods potentially include citric acids that eat away at your enamel.
Preventing Tooth Decay
When you eat these sugar filled foods, make sure to brush your teeth immediately after to prevent the sugars from staying on your teeth and causing cavities and tooth decay. Make sure to also pay attention to the foods you buy and look for low sugar content.
Make sure to drink plenty of water throughout the day to constantly keep your mouth hydrated and rinse away food and bacteria. Drinking fluoridated water to help rid the mouth of plaque and bacteria can also be helpful. Limit how many snacks you eat between meals, or make sure to choose healthy and nutritional options. If you’re have a craving, try sugarless gum to subside the craving while also washing out food and acid.
Fluellen Family Dentistry also wants to remind you that it’s also important to always brush your teeth at least twice a day, and floss once per day!