Reduce Sugar Cravings for Better Dental Health

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We all know that sugar is bad for our teeth, but how to curb the craving? Here are some thoughts on why you should avoid excess sugar in your diet, and some tips to avoid it.

Why Is Sugar So Dangerous for Your Teeth?

The mouth is home to lots of bacteria. The bad bacteria that accumulate there are fed by sugars and starches. When you eat sugary foods, the bacteria take the sugar and create acid. The acid is what attacks your teeth, creating damage. If you eat too much sugar, bacteria-filled plaque will accumulate on the surface of your teeth, between your teeth, and under your gums. The acids will gradually eat away at your enamel, causing cavities.

Reduce Sugar Cravings

Kicking your sugar cravings doesn’t mean that you have to eliminate sugar from your family’s diet entirely. If you read labels, you'll be surprised at how many products contain added sugars. We recommend that you watch the amount of processed sugars your family is consuming and keep it as low as possible. We understand that children (and adults!) enjoy sweets occasionally. Allow sweets in moderation and encourage brushing after a treat to clean sugars from the teeth. Drinking water also helps wash away sugars. Also look for healthier sweets like a crisp apple or another fresh fruit. And sugarless gum is always a great option.

Prioritizing Oral Hygiene

A healthy diet alone won’t protect your teeth from cavities. It’s also important that you stick with a great oral care routine for yourself and your family at home. That means brushing at least twice a day for two minutes each time, flossing daily, and incorporating a rinse if necessary or desired.

Preventive Care in Cibolo, TX

Our team at Cibolo Pediatric Dentistry and Orthodontics wants your children to have a lifetime of great oral health. A good diet and diligent at-home oral health care are the first steps. Add regular visits to our office for cleanings and exams and your children will be set up for success. We also offer fluoride treatments as another excellent cavity protection. Give us a call or click the contact link to schedule your next visit with us.

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