Summer is around the corner! It is the time we put hot dogs, burgers, and sausages on the grill as we add potato salad and chips to the outdoor diet. Most Triangle residents already know that these foods are not fantastic for our health, but they are not good for our teeth either. Sugar is an ingredient in many summer foods including egg salad and more. 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 on how to maintain the best dental health.
- Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry compiled these five important summer season facts to know about sugar and dental health:
- Summer 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 digest 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 summer 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: There are not many teeth brushing outdoors, yet the less time sugar spends in the mouth, the less damage it can do. It’s better to drink a soda quickly than to sip on it for hours.
- 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 rinse with plain water, after consuming sugary side dishes 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 in the summer 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 summer? 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 in the summer of 2021 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.