“That candy will rot your teeth!” is something we have all heard from Grandma at one point or another. Even so, sugary treats like candy or soda are a guilty pleasure for many people. Do you know the real damage these foods do to your teeth? With help from your Kennesaw, Marietta and Woodstock, GA dentist, you can get the real facts on how sugary treats hurt your smile and what you can do to have the most healthy and happy smile possible.
What do sugary foods do to my smile?
When bacteria and acids found in sugary foods build up on the teeth, they form plaque, a sticky substance which clings to the teeth. Over time, plaque hardens into tartar, causing gum disease and tooth decay. Sugary foods increase the instances of these substances in your mouth and on your teeth. Bacteria and plaque are brushed away by brushing and flossing, though removing hard tartar usually requires help from your Kennesaw, Marietta and Woodstock dentist. Twice yearly dental examinations and cleanings help keep these forms of tooth decay at bay and treat them when necessary.
How can I enjoy sugary foods without hurting my teeth?
Avoid sticky treats and eating sugary foods throughout the whole day rather than all at once. As the saying goes, “everything in moderation”. Limiting the number of times and the amount of sugary foods and drinks you consume helps tremendously in preventing cavities and tooth decay. If drinking a soda, try using a straw to limit the soda’s contact with your teeth. Start choosing sugar-free gums over sugary brands. If chocolate is your game, try switching to dark chocolate. As always, be sure to brush away bacteria and acids after you consume a sugary treat or beverage.
For more information on what sugary treats do to your smile, or to schedule a regular dental examination and cleaning, please contact your dentist at 1st Choice Dental Care in Kennesaw, Marietta and Woodstock, GA. Call (678) 293-8773 to schedule your appointment today!