Sugar is very hard to avoid. The most popular snacks and drinks contain heaps of it, sometimes even ones that are labeled as “all natural” or “healthy”. Our mouths contain harmful bacteria that thrive when given sugar to consume, helping them produce acid that can damage teeth and lead to tooth decay. Eliminating sugary treats and beverages from your diet is best for your oral and overall health. Here are some tips to help sweeten your smile by cutting sugar.
If you can’t avoid the temptation of drinking something sweet, don’t sip on it. This gives the bacteria in your mouth more time to eat the sugar and cause cavities. Drink in one sitting instead of all throughout the day. Once you’re finished, drink water to help wash away the bacteria and acid.
If you’re having trouble cutting a certain sugary drink out of your life, try replacing it with a healthier alternative. If you are craving an energy boost, don’t go for sugar-laden energy drinks. Unsweetened tea contains the caffeine of an energy drink without all the unnecessary sugar. Like a glass of chocolate milk? Try enjoying a plain glass of milk instead. Like the fizz of soda pop? Sparkling waters have the same carbonation and our much better for your teeth.
Tap water contains fluoride, which is a vital mineral that protects your teeth. It does this by remineralizing the thin, clear protective coating around your teeth (enamel).
Our staff can provide you with a number of dentistry treatments to sweeten the pot. Contact us at our local Austin, TX office at 512-250-9444.