We just got Christmas behind us and New Years eve is already lurking around the corner. If you are like us, you have probably had loads of yummy foods and drinks, and perhaps even some fine wines or other drinks that are not beneficial to your pearly whites. As we all know, the December holiday period provides the perfect opportunity to indulge in all kinds of foods and drinks that are not necessarily good for you.. This blog will provide you with more information related to dealing with all types of sugar drinks and foods that are the lead cause of cavities!
How do sweet foods and drinks cause cavities?
Every human carries natural occurring bacteria in his/her mouth. These naturally occurring bacteria actually feed on sugary foods and drinks and consequently as a by-product these bacteria create acids. It is these acids that are eventually responsible for wearing don your tooth enamel. Eventually making the teeth weaker, which as a consequence, makes your teeth more susceptible to tooth decay leading to cavities, bad breath, gingivitis, and a plethora of other problems related to oral care. So what is the best way to deal with all those yummy foods and drinks? Here are some tips to stay cavity-free!
6 tips to stay cavity-free
You can inhibit the growth of cavity-causing bacteria by implementing these simple 6 steps
Find a good balance between sweets and other foods, carb-rich foods have less impact on your teeth enamel
If you do want to devour some sweet stuff: Search for sweets that do not stick between your teeth and gums. There are plenty of sweets that dissolve quickly in your mouth! Every little bit counts! Example: swapping candy that sticky between your teeth for a block of dark chocolate. I mean, who doesn't love chocolate :)
Brush after consuming foods/drinks high in acid content: If you have just consumed foods and drinks that are high in acidic content, it is recommended by dentists to avoid brushing within 30 minutes of consuming these types of foods and drinks. You might ask yourself why? Foods and drinks that are high in acidic content (like oranges, lemons, coca-cola etc) can soften your teeth enamel for a while. So brushing immediately after consuming acidic foods and drinks will only wear down your enamel in its most vulnerable state, try to avoid this!
Oral Care Essentials: Always keep your brush, floss, and toothpaste tablets nearby (car or in your bag). You will always be prepared for whatever, with your basic oral care essentials.
Rinse your mouth: When you are not able to brush, you can always rinse your mouth with tap water. This will help to wash away any food particles that might be stuck between your teeth. It is these particles that are like fuel to the cavity-causing bacteria in your mouth!
It is not only what you eat, but when you eat!: Some nutritional advice related to dieting talks about eating smaller meals throughout the day. Perhaps this works for weight loss, but when it comes to oral health, constant snacking throughout the day actually fuels the cavity-causing bacteria. You should try to deprive them of their fuell!
According to research shown in the American Academy of Pediatric Dentistry, oral health depends more on how often we at rather than what we eat (of course, don't go crazy on the sugars). In short snacking sugar-packed foods and drinks all day long is only fueling the bacteria that causes cavities. So it best to keep your snacking to a low, rather than spreading it throughout the day.