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Regular Teeth Cleanings Can Protect You from Future Tooth Decay

February 6, 2018

Filed under: Uncategorized — todaysdentaldayton @ 9:25 pm

A woman at her dental visit.You’ve probably heard it all the time. From your parents, your teachers, and your babysitters growing up, that sugar rots your teeth. “Don’t drink that soda! You’ll lose your teeth by the time you’re 18!” Your parents may have yelled at you. But now that you’ve grown up, have you ever considered how that process happens in the first place?

Technically sugar is not the sole cause of cavities and tooth decay. Technically, it’s the reaction that occurs in your mouth after you drink that soda or eat that sugar cookie. According to your dentist, knowing this may just be the budge you need to take the steps to reduce your sugar intake. That and regular teeth cleanings.

How Sweets Affect the Health of Your Teeth

It all starts with the hundreds of bacteria inside your mouth. When you focus on the bacteria that feeds on sugars, you’ll quickly understand why your dentist always tells you to avoid sugar when possible. Eating sugar feeds these harmful bacteria and in exchange, creates acids that destroy tooth enamel. This protective layer overs your tooth pulp and roots, so losing it puts your oral health at risk.

That means every time you bite into a candy bar or sip that diet cola, your mouth’s pH balance changes. The best way to combat this change is to produce saliva in the mouth when possible. A dry mouth only makes it easier for bacteria to produce and grow, so eating foods that promote saliva production and avoiding sugars will work to remineralize your enamel.

Forgetting to Brush? It Will Damage Your Teeth

While the calcium and phosphates in saliva can aid in the fight against harmful bacteria, it can only go so far. That’s why you need to make sure you’re also sticking to a strict oral care regimen in between your regular dental visits. Without regular teeth cleanings, cavities can easily form, even if you cut sugar out of your diet. Sugar exists in most foods, including natural sugars typically found in fruit.

The ADA recommends you brush at least twice a day for two minutes using a fluoridated toothpaste. The fluoride in toothpaste specifically works to remove bacteria and prevent tooth decay from occurring. Be sure to floss once a day as well to remove plaque from the sides of teeth.

The Best Ways to Remove Sugar from Teeth and Promote Saliva Production

After you’ve thoroughly brushed and flossed, you’ll want to take advantage of these tips from your dentist to keep saliva production high and protect your tooth enamel. They include:

  • Chewing sugarless gum
  • Eating fibrous vegetables and fruits
  • Eating dairy products such as cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products (for calcium and phosphates)
  • Drinking green and black teas which suppress harmful bacteria
  • Take advantage of fluoride treatments from your dentist

With these tips, harmful bacteria don’t stand a chance. Contact us for information on protecting your smile and to schedule an appointment today!

About the Author

Dr. Michael Allport earned his doctorate degree at West Virginia University, where he also earned his Master of Science in Prosthodontics. He’s won many dental awards, spoken at annual dental meetings on many topics, and is an active member of many dental organizations and societies. To learn more about his practice, contact him at (423) 775-9971 or visit his website.

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