It’s no secret that sugar is bad for your teeth. That’s because bacteria love to feast on sugar. The sweet stuff helps these harmful microbes proliferate in your mouth and release the acids that are responsible for wearing away your tooth enamel and causing cavities in your teeth. Bacteria also lead to gum disease and infections, which, left untreated, can end in tooth loss and even systemic health problems.
At All Smiles Dental, we offer a full range of services for your family, including cleanings and exams, restorative procedures, and cosmetic dentistry. We are also happy to discuss your family’s food choices and how they impact oral health. If you live in the Lexington, SC area, call our office at 803-636-8683 to schedule your next appointment.
4 Sweets to Avoid
We get it. Sugar tastes good. And we would never tell you that you have to cut all sweet things out of your family’s diets. After all, everyone deserves a little treat once in a while. But there are a few sugar-laden foods and drinks we do think it’s a good idea to eliminate.
Sticky and Gummy Candy
Unfortunately, gummies and other sticky treats like taffy are hugely popular with kids. These are among the most damaging treats for their teeth. That’s because of the combination of their sugar content and sticky texture, which causes them to adhere to all the little grooves of the teeth where they stay long after you think they’re gone.
Hard candies are another confection to avoid if all possible. When you suck on them, they make a sugary solution with your saliva that washes over the teeth and settles into those little grooves. If you chew on them, you risk actually breaking a tooth. And dental emergencies are never fun.
For some reason, children love sour candies that make them pucker. These are especially damaging due to the combination of sugar and acid they contain. Acids wear away at the tooth enamel, leaving the teeth vulnerable to cavities.
Soda, Juices, and Sports Drinks
Any drink that contains sugar is bad news for your teeth. Sugary sodas, juices, and sports drinks wash over your enamel, where sugar settles into the nooks and crannies of your teeth, stimulating the production of harmful bacteria. And even diet soda is not off the hook. Even if sugar free, it contains acids that do plenty of damage on their own.
Sweets That Are Okay — In Moderation
In general, it’s always a good idea to keep your consumption of sugary stuff to a minimum. But sometimes, you do want to give your child a treat, or you find yourself with a craving that must be satisfied. If so, an occasional cookie or piece of chocolate is a fine indulgence. Just don’t make it a habit and, if possible, clean your teeth afterward.
If you live in the Lexington, SC area, Dr. Conrad Crocker at All Smiles Dental wants to help you keep your family’s smiles healthy and strong. Call our office at 803-636-8683 or fill out our online forms ahead of your next preventive dentistry appointment.