Thanksgiving is around the corner! It is the time we put on that holiday weight with rich food, cookies and candies! Most Triangle residents already know that sugar isn’t good for their teeth, but they may not understand exactly why. Once our patients learn how sugar consumption affects dental health, they can develop positive habits that contribute to maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Dr. E. Scott Saltzman and his staff at E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Cary always work to educate patients in how to maintain the best dental health.
- Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry compiled these five important holiday season facts to know about sugar and dental health:
- Holiday food sources: Sugar doesn’t directly cause tooth decay. What sugar provides is a food source for bacteria that lives in the mouth. As the bacteria digests the sugar left on the teeth, an acid is created. The acid, mixed with saliva, builds plaque, the hard residue that eventually erodes tooth enamel, leading to cavities.
- Carbonated drinks: Beverages that pair sugar and carbonation can double the harm to tooth enamel. First, they leave behind a film of sugar for that ever-present bacteria; then they attack the teeth with phosphoric acid, which is added to many sodas as a preservative and taste enhancer.
- Length of exposure: The less time sugar spends in the mouth, the less damage it can do. It’s actually better to drink a soda quickly than to sip on it for hours. Hard sugary candy that dissolves slowly is more damaging than a quick sweet treat.
- Brushing frequency: Tooth brushing is the first step to stopping the sugar’s attack on teeth. A good dental health habit is to brush, or at least rinse with plain water, after consuming sugary snacks or sweetened drinks. The key is to remove the bacteria’s food source, sugar.
- Questionable nutrients: Finally, the last way sugar undermines dental health is by taking the place of other better nutrients. People who consume lots of soda are less likely to drink water and milk, which both contribute to dental health. Sugary foods add little to no beneficial nutrients to the diet. Cutting back on them will leave room for vegetables, fruits, dairy products and fish, all of which contribute to stronger teeth.
Wondering what you can do to prevent cavities this Holiday Season? Ask Dr. Saltzman or a member of his staff at the next appointment. Schedule a check-up today; call the office of E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry.
This informative post about dental health and cosmetic treatments is brought to you by Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Cary NC. Please call us for an appointment today.
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202 Town Village Drive
Cary, NC 27513
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The material contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice in any manner or form. Always consult a dentist, doctor or licensed medical professional with any questions.