When you go to the store and stock up, do you pay attention to the sugar content of your snacks, foods, and drinks? Well, you should, as these factors could impact your risk of developing issues like tooth decay and gum disease! In today’s blog, your Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist will explain how your snack choices impact your overall oral health.
The Link Between Sugar and Cavities
When we eat snacks or consume beverages high in sugar, this leaves particles on and between our teeth. Bacteria then break down these particles of sugar, in the process elevating your oral acidity and also coating the teeth in a sticky layer of plaque buildup. Plaque could then begin to weaken and erode enamel, and also irritate and inflame gum tissues, increasing the risk of issues like tooth decay and gum disease. The buildup is also linked to bad breath and even stained teeth.
Picking Healthier Options
To help limit your risk of poor oral health and limit the severity of plaque buildup, you should start by picking healthier snack and drink options. Try to avoid candies, cookies, sodas, and energy drinks. Instead, drink more water, which hydrates and cleanses away food particles from your smile. Add fresh fruits, veggies, yogurt, cheeses, nuts, and whole grain crackers to your snack supply. Remember, some seemingly healthier items could be problematic, like fruit juice and dried fruit, which still coat the smile in sugars.
What About Brushing and Flossing?
A dental cleaning allows our team to remove all plaque from the teeth. However, at the moment we cannot provide general and preventive treatments like checkups and cleanings. So to limit the severity of plaque, in addition to a good diet you need to care for your smile too. You should start each day by brushing your teeth for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste. In the evening, brush again and also floss in between your teeth to remove the trapped particles that a toothbrush alone cannot reach and remove. We do offer emergency treatment, so if you begin to experience discomfort or notice pain in one or more of your teeth, then please let us know so we can treat your smile. If you have any questions about keeping your smile healthy from home, then please contact our team today.
Do You Have Any Questions About Preventing Tooth Decay?
Our team is ready to help you and your family keep your smile strong with better brushing, flossing, and snack options. Schedule a visit with your Rancho Cucamonga, CA, dentist right away by calling Stadium Dental and Orthodontics at (909) 476-9678. We proudly welcome patients from Rancho Cucamonga, CA, as well as Ontario, Fontana, Upland, Rialto, and the surrounding communities.