Few people can abstain from sweets altogether. If you can abstain, kudos to you. If you can’t, be aware that eating sweets at certain times is better for your teeth than others. For instance, when you eat a full meal, your saliva production increases. This helps to rinse food particles from your mouth as well as neutralize the acids that cause plaque.
If You Must Indulge: Understand the Importance of Timing
This is great news for dessert lovers because it means that sweets consumed after meals have a lower risk to your teeth because your mouth is already in a plaque-fighting state. Dentists agree that sweets after meals are preferable to sweets eaten between meals as snacks.
Not all Treats are Created Equal
Furthermore, remember that the type of treat is as important as when you eat it. Dentists are constantly reminding their dental patients that sticky candies stay on your teeth for a long time, even when your saliva is flowing. And hard candies that you suck for an extended time give bacteria a perfect environment to create detrimental enamel-weakening acids. If you pair candy with sugar-laden soda, the assault on your teeth is even more harmful
We Want to Help You Improve Your Dental Health
If you have a bad habit that is putting your dental health at risk, we invite you to come in for an exam and consultation. Let’s discuss your lifestyle challenges and make a plan to get you back on track.
The friendly team at Advanced Dentistry of Charlotte – Dr. Christopher A. Bowman is here to help you have the healthiest and most attractive smile possible. We provide general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry such as tooth whitening, dental crowns, porcelain veneers, short term braces, oral conscious sedation, inlays and onlays.