This sugar awareness week, we wanted to take the time to shed some light on how sugar can affect your oral care and how you can adapt your daily consumption habits to decrease the potential damage. Let’s start with the facts–fact #1: sugar does not directly cause cavities. While we have been taught to eat less sugar to reduce cavities, it’s not necessarily the sugar which causes them. Sugar can only have an impact on your teeth if there’s a good amount of cavity causing bacteria already in your mouth, which can then process the sugar into acids which cause the cavities. Without this bacteria in your mouth, the sugar doesn’t have much of an effect.
While you may be able to dodge the cavity-causing effects of sugar, this product can still be playing a huge role in the decay of your teeth. Follow these tips and tricks to make sure your taking care of those pearly whites:
- Brush and floss twice a day! This will ensure that sugar will not be sitting on your teeth all night and day, decreasing the risk of getting cavities. Make sure you floss at least once a day to remove any debris between your teeth that your toothbrush bristles can’t reach. Flossing and using a Water Flosser also helps remove plaque and food particles underneath your gum line.
- Drink up! Drinking water is one of the easiest and most beneficial things a person can do to help prevent tooth decay.
- Moderation is key–space out your sweets and try to limit the sticky ones that will stay stuck to your teeth
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