Sugar can cause you to develop cavities and other oral health issues. Everyone knows that, but so many of us just can’t resist the craving we have for sweets on a daily, if not hourly, basis. The good news is that your sweet tooth doesn’t have to get in the way of your oral health. There are steps that you can take to decrease your chances of developing tooth decay in the future. Continue reading to learn a few of them so you can prevent cavities without having to eliminate treats from your diet.
Bring Dental Tools with You
Most of us don’t sit at home all day close to our bathroom. When you are constantly on the go, you may benefit from carrying around a portable toothbrush with you. Whenever you have a sugary dessert or some candy, take a minute to head to the restroom and give your teeth a quick brush. This way, you can remove the sugar that is lingering around afterwards. You can find some travel-size toothpaste as well that you can keep in your purse or car.
Purchase a New Toothbrush
If you like to consume sweets on the regular, you will be at higher risk of plaque buildup than people who don’t. Because of this, you would benefit from a toothbrush that is especially effective at removing plaque. Try to find a toothbrush with triple-action brushes and a diamond shaped head so you could clean hard-to-reach places in the mouth with ease.
Try introducing a mouthwash into your oral hygiene routine. Pick one that contains fluoride because this natural mineral is effective at protecting the enamel of your teeth. However, if mouthwash isn’t available to you, you could still benefit from swishing plain water around your mouth.
Chew Sugar-Free Gum
After you’ve had something sugary, try having a piece of sugarless gum. This will help to clean away the sugar left behind on your teeth because this will increase your saliva production. This way, food particles can be washed away.
Pick Your Sweets Carefully
When it comes to satisfying your sweet tooth, fruit is a great option, but if you would rather have something else, you should be mindful of what you choose. For example, having a piece of chocolate that will melt away quickly is a better choice than sticky caramels that will adhere to your teeth for long periods of time. When you pick a sweet treat, stay away from ones that are particularly sticky, acidic, or hard.
Your teeth would benefit from limiting your sugar intake, but there are other steps you can take as well. By using these tips and seeing your dentist for regular cleanings are checkups, you smile will thank you!
About the Author
After serving four years in the United States Marine Corps, Dr. Martin T. Barco III earned his dental doctorate from the University of North Carolina. Currently, he is a proud member of the American Dental Association, Indiana Dental Association, Southern Indiana Dental Association, and Spear Dental Study Club in Bloomington. For more ways to keep your smile healthy or to schedule an appointment at his office in Bloomington, visit his website or call (812) 332-8290.