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Are Sweets and Ice Really Bad for My Teeth?

Posted on 2/7/2022 by Dr Jonathan Ford
Excessive consumption of sweets and ice can wreak havoc on your teeth and gums by weakening the enamel and promoting tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. Luckily, you can reduce the negative effects of these foods by taking simple precautions like brushing and flossing daily, eating healthy snacks between meals, and visiting your dentist every six months for a professional cleaning. Before you indulge in sweet or icy treats, take some time to review this guide on how to keep your teeth healthy while enjoying these delicious favorites. Also, get to know how sugar can damage your teeth.

How Does Sugar Affect My Teeth?

Sweets and icy treats usually contain a lot of sugar and what most of us do not know is that there are harmful bacteria present in our mouth waiting to feed on sugar. The harmful bacteria in your mouth survive by using sugar, and when they do so, they realize acids, which erode your teeth' enamel. This is how you end up getting cavities, decay, and gum infections. When you know this, you will know what to do after consuming sugar. Rinsing your mouth is the best way to ensure the acidic bacteria present in your mouth does not destroy your teeth.

Should I Eliminate Sugar Completely?

While most dentists would prefer you not consume any sweets whatsoever, there are some situations in which they might tell you to add a little sugar back into your diet. Also, if you are not in a position to remove sugar from your diet entirely, it is crucial to consume it in moderation. When you do that, ensure you take care of your mouth to avoid dental problems that come with consuming a lot of sugar. Ask your dentist for the best tips to use to care for your teeth. Also, get to know the best products to use to maintain your oral health. You are welcome to our dental office for the best dental services.
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