In case you haven’t noticed, it’s almost Easter! It’s actually hard not to notice. Every grocery store, drug store, convenience store, and the like “prime” their locations with one of the sweetest American holidays, Easter.
As I ran to my local Target today to get some things, I was amazed at the variety of candy offered. Peeps in every shape and color, Reece’s eggs, chocolates, dark chocolate bunnies, milk chocolate bunnies, M&M’s, Cadbury eggs, and the list goes on.
To take it a step further, think about all of that candy going in to your mouth, the mouth of your children or anyone else that you celebrate Easter with! Doesn’t it make you cringe? Or does it make you smile. Either way, there are a few things you should know about sugar as it relates to your teeth! Why is there so much hype about cavities and sugar? Why is it so important to brush your teeth after eating sugar? Let’s explore those questions further!
For starters, why is sugar bad for your teeth?
Let’s go back to some of my previous blogs when I have talked about plaque. Plaque, as a reminder, is a film that builds on our teeth as a result of bacteria, sugar, certain foods and saliva. It’s important to brush the plaque off (and floss it off from between our teeth) so that it doesn’t ruin the enamel (outer part of our teeth).
Sugar gives bacteria energy and when that bacteria is energized, it causes plaque to form at a faster rate and to ultimately stick to our teeth more and more! Plaque can sometimes be sticky and hard to get off therefore causing cavities.
How can we prevent sugar and plaque from harming our teeth?
Brush your teeth! I always recommend twice a day to help remove sugar, bacteria and any plaque forming. Also, don’t forget to floss daily as well. This helps remove the same pesky things that hide in between your teeth!
You also might try chewing a piece of sugar-free gum after eating candy. This helps increase the saliva in your mouth and helps “rinse” away the sugar faster.
Lastly, try limiting your sweets to one or two a day (small pieces). If you do enjoy an occasional sweet don’t deprive yourself of it but do it sparingly and make sure you brush your teeth after!
Still have questions about sweets and your teeth? Please contact us today! We would be happy to help you!
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