June 14, 2019
If you have a sweet tooth, you know how easy it is to demolish a “shareable” bag of candy without thinking twice. The last thing you’re considering is what kind of effect that will have on your teeth though. Between all the long trips to the beach and the late nights out, you’re constantly munching on your favorite sweets during your summer free time. Avoid dental dilemmas this season by learning about how sugar can have a huge impact on your oral health from your dentist in Fairhope.
What’s The Problem With Sugary Snacks And Drinks?
Sugary drinks and snacks are so delicious, but they can have horrible effects on your body and oral health. It’s easy to run into the grocery store before your first big road trip of the summer and immediately go for the most delicious and easily accessible snacks like cookies, candy, and soda. Unfortunately, starchy foods like chips break down into sugar in your mouth, so it’s best to avoid those as well. Not to mention, these snacks often contain trans fat, which is difficult for your body to process.
How Can Sweets Attack Your Teeth And Gums?
Your body is home to an incalculable number of bacteria, both good and harmful. These bacteria produce plaque and tartar, which are commonly known to cause oral health problems such as gum disease, cavities, and infections. When you expose your mouth to excessive amounts of sugar, these bacteria eat it up and turn it into enamel-eroding acid. Your enamel is a key player in protecting your teeth, so when it has been eaten away, there’s nothing left to protect them from decay.
These oral bacteria can also affect your gums and cause them to become irritated. One out of every two adults in America has gum disease, which is a bacterial infection that can cause tooth loss, receding gums, and chronic bad breath. To avoid spending your summer at your dentist’s, it’s best to steer clear of consuming excessive amounts of sugary snacks.
How Can You Keep Your Summer Stress-Free?
While you’re packing your cooler to head to the beach, pick up fresh veggies and fruits instead of sugary snacks and drinks. Keep in mind that chewy and sticky sweets are harder to clear from the surface of your smile and can do more damage because they stay in your mouth longer. If you often snack throughout the day, try drinking plenty of water to help rinse away food particles sticking to your teeth and lingering bacteria.
Remember that brushing your teeth twice each day and flossing at least once a day is a great way to rid your mouth of bacteria and plaque and ward off oral health problems. The best way to enjoy your summer is to start it off with a checkup and cleaning from your dentist so you can get a clean bill of health. Don’t spend your summer with your emergency dentist in Fairhope—the beach is way more fun!
About the Author
Dr. Drew Knight has been giving his patients healthy and happy smiles for over a decade. He is an active member of several professional organizations so he can provide his patients with the highest quality of reliable care. He enjoys watching his patients leave his practice confident in their oral health. For questions or to schedule a checkup and cleaning, visit Fairhope Modern Dental’s website or contact 251-928-0400.
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