When we’re stuck at home, and especially if we’re stressed, the temptation to indulge in our sugary favorites is strong. However, choosing snacks high in sugar and starch could be a recipe for tooth decay and gum disease. In today’s blog, your Independence, MO, dentist looks at how you can choose smile healthy options for your family!
The Causes of Tooth Decay and Gum Disease
When we consume foods and drinks high in sugar, or items with a lot of starch, then particles remain trapped on and between the teeth. Over time, lack of proper oral hygiene could mean these particles remain in place for bacteria to break down and consume, a process that elevates oral acidity and then coats the teeth in a sticky later of bacterial byproduct known as plaque. The buildup then weakens and erodes outer enamel, and also irritates and inflames the gum tissues. People then experience a higher risk of both tooth decay and gum disease! You may notice your teeth begin to hurt, or your gums bleed easily. If this happens, let us know so we can discuss treatment options to manage your concerns until we can see you again for preventive and general solutions.
For snacks, pick up more fresh fruits and veggies! Not only do they contain essential vitamins and nutrients, but may help scrub away plaque as you eat them, like carrots, apples, or broccoli. You can also pick up low-fat yogurts, nuts, cheeses, and whole grain crackers. Drink more water, as this hydrates and contains no harmful sugars or acids. Try to cut back on sodas, energy drinks, or sports drinks. These actions help safeguard your smile!
Better Homecare Habits
Along with a healthy diet, you also need to continue to take better care of your smile from home. For example, always start each day by brushing your teeth for two minutes, using a fluoride toothpaste when you do. In the evening before bed, brush again for two minutes and also floss in between each tooth as well. The actions remove what’s trapped between your teeth and helps lower your risk of cavities or periodontal issues. If you have any questions about keeping your smile strong with a healthier diet or routine care, then please contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Keeping Smiles Strong?
Our team is ready to help you and your family make better decisions at home to safeguard your smiles. To learn more about protecting your smile from common oral health issues, schedule a consultation by contacting Independence Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Independence, MO, today at 816-350-0808. We also proudly serve patients who live in Grain Valley, Liberty, and all surrounding communities.