The more sugar you consume, the harder it is to break free from it. If you feel like you’re having a hard time staying away from sugary foods and drinks, you may have a sugar addiction. Excessive sugar consumption can negatively impact your overall health and your oral health. Keep reading to learn more about the impact sugar can have on your health and ways you can protect yourself and your smile from sugar!
Can Sugar Harm My Teeth?
Sugar is the leading cause of cavities and tooth decay. When consumed, sugar has a chemical reaction with plaque that releases an acid. The acid then eats away at tooth enamel over time which creates holes (cavities) in teeth.
How to Clean Your Smile After Sugar Consumption
In small moderations, sugar is totally fine. However, there are a few things you can do to ensure your smile stays healthy and strong after your occasional sweet treat. First, make sure you rinse your mouth with water after you eat or drink something sugary. This will help rinse away the sugar before it has a chance to interact with plaque. After rinsing, gently brush your teeth to make sure you remove any sugary residue that may be lingering.
Sweet Alternatives to Sugary Foods & Drinks
Looking for a way to break your sugar cravings and still satisfy your sweet tooth? Here are some delicious, healthier food and drink options:
- Fruit (Apples, Bananas & Oranges)
- Berries (Strawberries, Raspberries & Blueberries)
- Dark Chocolate (In Small Servings)
- Greek Yogurt
- Sweet Potatoes
- Naturally Flavored Sparkling Water
- MIO Sugar-Free Water Flavors
Schedule Your Next AppointmentThe New Year is the perfect time to curb your sugar addiction and to put your health first! If you have been putting off your next dental cleaning and exam, we would love for you to book an appointment at Ashley Laird, DDS. Our friendly, experienced dental team enjoys helping patients achieve and maintain a lifetime of great oral health. Please contact us to schedule your appointment!