When we go shopping and stock up on supplies, we tend to choose favorite meals, must-have items, and of course, fun treats. While the occasional sugary treat is fun, too much could be a factor in the onset of tooth decay and poor gum health. In today’s blog, your Livonia, MI, dentist explains how to choose options that are delicious, but safe for your smile.
The Link Between Sugar and Poor Oral Health
How does sugar lead to poor oral health? Well, when we consume food and drinks high in sugar, this leaves behind particles on and between your teeth or trapped along the gum line. Unless removed, bacteria will then consume these particles, in the process elevating oral acidity levels and also coating the teeth in plaque. A bacterial byproduct, plaque adheres to the teeth and cannot be removed with brushing and flossing alone. Over time, plaque then weakens and erodes your protective layer of tooth enamel and also inflames gum tissues, boosting the risk of issues like cavities, infections, gingivitis, and even periodontal disease.
Healthy Snack Choices
To help deprive harmful bacteria of sugar particles be sure you choose healthier snack choices. Fruits, veggies, nuts, cheeses, yogurt, and whole grain crackers or pretzels don’t have high amounts of sugar. When you drink water, you also help rinse away food particles, while also avoiding more sugary content. Remember, even seemingly healthy options like fruit juice or dried fruit could contain harmful sugars that cling to the teeth. Picking healthier choices not only helps your smile, but your overall health as well!
Do I Have a Cavity?
If you notice your tooth begins to feel sensitive or hurt for more than 48 hours, then let us know. As part of our approach to emergency dentistry, we may be able to offer a filling or crown to repair the tooth and prevent worsening discomfort, or the loss of your tooth completely. Along with a better diet, you can help avoid cavities by brushing your teeth when you wake up and again before bed for about two minutes. Use a fluoride toothpaste when you do, as this helps strengthen your outer tooth enamel. We also suggest flossing before bed, moving the tape up and down each side of each tooth, and moving below the gum line to access and remove all trapped particles. If you have any questions about picking healthier snack choices, or about taking better care of your smile on a daily basis, then contact our team today.
DO YOU HAVE QUESTIONS ABOUT PROTECTING YOUR SMILE?
The snacks you choose for yourself and your family could be a factor in your oral health. For more information on safeguarding your teeth and gums, or to schedule a consultation, call the office of James Stewart, DDS in Livonia, MI, today at (734) 425-4400.