Most of us enjoy a sweet treat to eat or drink from time to time. However, few of us fully understand the impact that sugar can have on our dental health. What’s even more compelling is the fact that sugar isn’t the only obvious nemesis when it comes to our teeth. This is why a diet of sugar-free alternatives may not have a positive impact on your oral health the way you might think it will and why Dr. Allan Mulandi and Dr. Williams are committed to educating patients and helping them maintain better oral health.
The Problem with Sugar
Cookies, cake, and other sweet desserts can do a lot of damage to our oral health. Sugar can cause problems when it mixes with the plaque already present on the teeth and creates acid. This acid slowly wears away the tooth’s enamel over time. Your North Conway dental team can help reverse this process early on with regular check-ups, which in turn will help them develop better oral health habits, but we want you to be able to take the educated first step to eat sugary foods sparingly.
Sugar Isn’t the Only Culprit
Once you’re armed with the knowledge of what sugar can do to your teeth, you might be inclined to start consuming sugar-free products, believing that you are taking a protective and proactive step to guard your oral health. However, sugar isn’t the only thing you need to be concerned about. Not only is sugar hard on your teeth’s enamel, but sugary acidic drinks and foods are also damaging as well. Many sugar-free foods and drinks contain acidic ingredients like citric and phosphoric acid which can have the same effects on your tooth enamel. This is why it’s a better idea to cut down on both acidic and sugary foods and drinks, and remember to rinse or brush your teeth after every meal. This is the best way to protect your teeth’s protective enamel from what you eat. Give the Eastern Slope Dental team a call. We’re here to meet all your oral health needs.