We recently took a look at how dry mouth could lead to cavities. However, in today’s blog we would like to talk about another major case of cavities for kids and adults: sugary foods and drinks. Learn how a better diet can help you avoid the onset of cavities, protecting smile of all ages. Also, find out when you should see your Independence, MO, dentist for treatment!
Sodas and Sugary Beverages
Sodas contain lots of sugar, as do fruit juices and energy drinks. The sugary particles left behind on and between your teeth can be broken down by bacteria, a process that elevates oral acidity and coats the teeth in a sticky layer of bacterial byproduct known as plaque. While brushing and flossing can reduce the severity of plaque, only a thorough dental cleaning can remove it. Over time, the plaque and tartar (calcified plaque) can weaken and erode the outer layer of enamel, exposing the sensitive inner structures to bacteria and allowing a cavity to form. Eventually, the spread of decay could mean an infected or abscessed tooth and in extreme cases, tooth loss! Also, be wary of sports drink. While they do hydrate, they contain a high level of acidity, which could also weaken enamel, especially since athletic activities tend to dry your mouth. Instead, opt for water!
Better Snack Options
Foods high in starch, such as chips, or sugary items, leave behind particles that cling to the teeth. Bacteria will break down both sugar and starch, which means foods we think of as better options than candy could still be harmful. Instead, try to enjoy more fresh fruits and veggies. Low-fat yogurt, sugar-free gum, cheeses, and nuts also make good snacks that don’t put your smile at such a risk for developing cavities. If you do consume sugar or starchy snacks, be sure you follow with a glass of water to help cleanse your mouth, and always find time to brush and floss your teeth!
Warning Signs of Trouble
We suggest a visit every six months so we can monitor your smile and identify tooth decay in the earliest possible stages. Otherwise, you may need to see us if you begin to experience tooth sensitivity and toothaches that don’t pass after a day or two. If you have persistent pain, then please contact our team to discuss possible solutions.
Do You Have Questions About Preventive Dentistry?
Our team would like to talk about how you and your family can avoid cavities. To learn more about our preventive treatment options, then 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 Blue Springs, Kansas City, and all surrounding communities.