If you have a sweet tooth and just love to eat sweets, you know to be cautious of cavities. The good news is that you can still enjoy these treats, as long as you take good care of your teeth! This includes brushing your teeth often! Even if you are busy running around, you should carry a portable toothbrush with you. So after you indulge in a sugary treat, you can get the sugar off of your teeth without waiting too long. The longer you leave the sugar, the more bacteria grow in your mouth and produce acids – causing cavities and tooth decay! What if you don’t have a toothbrush? You can also use mouthwash to remove sugar. No mouthwash? You can use plain water to rinse too! These options are far better than letting sugar sit on your teeth.
Another good option is to chew sugar-free gum to help clean your teeth after sweets. The increased saliva production in your mouth will help to remove any sugar stuck on your teeth.
Believe it or not, some treats are better for your teeth than others. For example, a slide of angel cake does not have the same effects as a chocolate fudge sundae which may leave more sugar on your teeth for a longer period of time – due to its sticky nature! The best option is to substitute for fruit or a healthier option when possible!
For more questions about protecting your teeth, contact us at ToothMatters in Richmond Hill!
– Dr. Gao