14 Jul Here’s the Scoop on Sugar and Tooth Decay
Yes, it’s true that sugar is bad for your teeth, but according to Boca Raton dentist Dr. Rosemary Baghdassarian of HAB Dental, which has dental offices in Boynton Beach and Boca Raton, there are ways you can mitigate the damage, which is really good news because anyone with a sweet tooth is going to have a hard time resisting the urge to celebrate National Ice Cream Month.
Keep It Clean
As the dental experts at Colgate explain, “Plaque, a sticky film of bacteria, constantly forms on the surface of your teeth. When you consume sugary foods or drinks, the bacteria in plaque will produce acids. These acids will attack your tooth enamel. The stickiness of plaque keeps these acids in close contact with your teeth, ultimately destroying your tooth enamel. This is when cavities can form.”
You can’t rid your mouth of plaque. As the folks as Colgate say, it is continually forming on the surface of your teeth. In this case, the plaque isn’t the problem. It’s the acid that is produced when all that bacteria clinging to your teeth feast on sugar.
Tips for celebrating National Ice Cream Month without letting sugar ruin your lovely smile:
- After you indulge your sweet tooth, Boynton Beach dentist Dr. Rosemary Baghdassarian says you should thoroughly rinse your mouth with water.
- Your mouth will do a better job of rinsing away the acids when you eat sugary foods as part of a meal. The extra saliva produced will help rinse away the acids.
- And when you do want to indulge your sweet tooth, be sure to do it intentionally. By all means, enjoy your ice cream! But check labels – not just on the food you eat but on the beverages that you drink as well – for added sugars. You may be surprised to discover how much sugar you are actually consuming.
If you would like more tips on how to keep your teeth bright and healthy, please contact HAB Dental in Boynton Beach or Boca Raton.