It’s February, which means that some of your healthy resolutions may be on the way out and Valentine’s Day sweets may be back in your cabinets. While everything in life is most sustainable in moderation, eating sweets can be damaging to more than your waistline. Sugary snacks and beverages can cause significant deterioration in your mouth and complications for your overall dental health.
The Damage from Sweets
Your mouth is full of bacteria, and not all of it is bad. However, when certain oral bacteria eat sugar, they create an acid that wears down the enamel on your teeth. This enamel is made to protect your teeth; damaged enamel can lead to cavities and other complications.
When you eat sugary snacks or drink sugary beverages, the sugar remains in your mouth, giving bacteria a snack of their own.
Protecting Your Mouth
Fortunately, there are ways to keep your mouth healthy and your enamel intact. If you must eat sugary snacks or drink sugary beverages, brush your teeth immediately after. This will swipe away extra sugar so that bacteria will not have a feast.
The best way to protect your teeth is to keep your sweets to a minimum. Steer clear of suckers or hard candy, as these can cause not only enamel damage but also could chip your teeth. Ditch soda or other sugary beverages, opting for water instead. If you must have a soda, follow up with water to combat any sugar damage.
Finally, keep up with your semi-annual dental checkups. These appointments are crucial to the overall health of your teeth and mouth. During this time, a hygienist and dentist can give you advice on how to keep your teeth as healthy as possible.
Are you looking for a friendly and experienced dental team to lead your oral care? Give East Erie Dental a call to set up your first appointment. We can work on repairing damage sweets have caused, and guide you in how to keep further complications from happening.