Are You Compromising Your Teeth With Sweets?
If you are one of the millions of Americans who enjoy sweets you probably are not aware of the damage that you could be perpetrating on your teeth. Our teeth have many daily threats, but one of the most damaging of these are sweetened foods. It is known that sugar destroys tooth’s enamel, causes discoloration, and even tooth decay.
But why is that? And why is sugar so harmful? It just doesn’t seem fair!
How can something that is so yummy, has so much public appeal and can be purchased at any corner store, have the potential to cause our teeth so much damage?
The problem with sugar
- The bacteria that is found on our teeth use sugar as a form of energy supply. The more sugar, the longer they last.
- They multiply faster and grow quicker when excessive sugar is consumed.
- Some bacteria use the sugar as a form of glue to stick to the teeth. This makes harder, if possible, for the removal of bacteria. If this process continues for a long period of time, discoloration and decay of the teeth occurs.
- Sugar decalcifies and demineralizes teeth, an effect that is very damaging.
Did you know that the highest rate of cavities is caused solely by sugar? Did you also know that within just minutes of consuming sweet foods, the bacteria in your mouth will start producing the acids that are the direct cause of tooth decay?
But what can I do to prevent it from happening to me?
Sugar and sweeteners are a threat to our dental health and we must manage it. So how do we do it?
1. It is highly recommended that a person brushes his or her teeth at least twice a day. Bacteria gets attached to the teeth if not removed properly. In cases such as this, a strong plaque is formed and the person is much more likely to experience tooth decay and demineralization. Additionally, it is suggested by most dentists that a person brush their teeth for at least two full minutes in order to help remove plaque. Unfortunately most people only brush their teeth for less than 30 seconds.
2. Brushing only completes a part of the job of ridding your mouth of these harmful bacteria. It removes the bacteria from the teeth, but not in between them. That is why it is also recommended that you floss your teeth, and floss them frequently. Flossing should be preformed at a minimum of once per day. You will know if you are flossing enough because you will no longer bleed or hurt when you are doing it. Proper flossing between the teeth will remove any bacteria that could not be removed by the toothbrush.
3. Go to your Stuart dentist, at least every once in six months. The reason is simple, cleaning and prevention. There are many things that can be going on with your teeth that you may not recognize until it is possibly too late; such as tooth decay, gum disease, or other disorders. However, when you go to the dentist for your regular cleanings, your dentist will be able to spot anything out of the ordinary and help to resolve any issues immediately, most times before any serious damage can occur.
In a nutshell, in order to keep your pearly whites looking good and staying trouble free, try to consume less sugary foods if possible, brush your teeth twice a day, floss your teeth frequently (once a day), And be sure to visit us at Premier Dentistry of Stuart at least once every six months for cleaning. Make this your routine, and you will hang on to those beautiful teeth for as long as you like!