When we head to the store, we often stock up for the long-term to avoid being in crowded places and picking up or spreading COVID-19. But when you stock up on your favorite foods, we recommend picking options that don’t put your smile at risk! In today’s blog, your Ankeny, IA, dentist looks at smile healthy-options and how to avoid issues like tooth decay.
The Link Between Sugar and Aching Teeth
When we consume foods and drinks that contain sugar, these particles tend to cling to the teeth or become trapped between them. Bacteria will then break down these particles to consume them, a process that raises the levels of oral acidity in your mouth, and also coats the teeth in a sticky layer of plaque buildup. Plaque, over time, erodes tooth enamel and also inflames gum tissues, increasing the risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
Picking Smile Healthy Options
When you go to the store, try to avoid foods and beverages high in sugar. Some sources might be obvious, like candy or soda. But fruit juice and dried fruit could also allow these particles to cling to your teeth. Instead, we suggest drinking more water and also picking up more fresh fruits and vegetables. Not only are they healthy and delicious, but some rough varieties, like carrots, broccoli, and apples, could help scrub away plaque as you consume them. Other healthy options include cheeses, nuts, whole grain crackers, and low-fat yogurt.
Keeping Your Smile Strong at Home
Along with healthy food and drink options, you also need to take proper care of your smile each day. When you wake up, brush your teeth for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste. Repeat this in the evening. Each evening, also floss your teeth thoroughly to remove what a toothbrush alone may not be able to. These actions help protect your oral health and reduce your risk of issues like cavities or even gum disease. Remember, if you begin to experience soreness in your teeth, then let us know. As part of our approach to emergency dentistry, we can still see you to treat cavities, infections, or damaged teeth. If you have any questions about preventing cavities or about emergency dentistry, then contact our team today to learn more.
Do You Have Questions About Keeping Cavities Away?
We want to help you make smarter choices for your smile’s health and beauty. To learn more about safeguarding your smile from issues like cavities or gum disease, then please schedule an appointment by calling Peddicord Family Dentistry in Ankeny, IA, today at (515) 963-3339. We also proudly serve patients of all ages who live in Bondurant, Polk City, and all surrounding communities.