Sugar: An Enemy to Your Oral Health
While the sweet taste of ice cream can tickle your tastebuds and cool you down it can also cause tooth decay. Why? It contains on average 28 grams of sugar.
What’s Wrong with Sugar?
Consuming high amounts of sugar leads to an increase of plaque in the mouth and puts you at risk of tooth decay and gum disease.
According to Colgate, it’s not the sugar itself that does the damage, but rather the chain of events that takes place after you eat that bowl of ice cream. Certain harmful oral bacteria feed on the sugars you eat to create acids that destroy the tooth enamel. This gives way to cavities, which can result in pain and ultimately tooth loss.
How Can I Repair the Damage?
This plaque buildup caused by sugar consumption needs to be removed by your hygienist. Regular cleanings are essential to oral health as well as total body health. Farber Center offers top-notch periodontal maintenance cleanings that go far beyond your average general dentist cleaning.
On an instant level, be sure to brush your teeth immediately after eating a sweet treat.
- Avoid adding excess toppings. More toppings=More sugars
- Try grabbing a sugar-free snack
- Try an alternatives to ice cream and sweets like fresh frozen fruit!
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