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How to Satisfy Your Sweet Tooth and Maintain a Healthy Smile

Blog • 11th Aug, 16 • 0 Comments

 

By now we are very much aware that eating sweets and drinking sugary beverages can contribute to tooth decay. Our parents, teachers, and dentists have made it clear that the best way to keep our smiles healthy is to fight those sugar cravings, replacing candy and cake with apples and bananas to satisfy our sweet tooth.

We also know that it is much easier said than done. Fortunately, by following a few simple practices, we can maintain healthy teeth without giving up our favorite snacks and desserts completely.

Brush often
Because of your level of sugar consumption, you are at a higher risk for more plaque-buildup than the average person, which is why you will need to clean your teeth more often.

Most people brush their teeth twice a day – once in the morning and once before bed. This might work for the average person, but if you have a strong sweet tooth and indulge in sugary snacks more frequently than others, you will need to brush more often to keep your teeth clean.

Dental professionals recommend that you carry a portable toothbrush with you at all times. When you have a moment during your busy day, make a quick visit to the restroom to brush your teeth, especially after eating a sugary snack.

Other tips
Use mouthwash to rinse out as much sugar residue as possible. If you don’t have access to a fluoride-rich mouthrinse, just swishing plan water around your mouth is better than doing nothing at all.

Believe it or not, sugar-free gum can actually work to clean your teeth after a sugary snack, too. Gum increases the production of saliva in your mouth, helping to remove sugar residue from your teeth.

If you are among the 99.7% of individuals who believe a healthy smile is socially important, you should be taking better care of your teeth.

Taking care of your teeth now can prevent the need for costly oral surgery or dental implants in the future. Because of the widespread problem of tooth decay, about three million people now have implants, and that number is growing by 500,000 each year. As many as 10% of all U.S. dentists provide dental implant services and that number is increasing as well.

And if you're in the Jacksonville area, contact Dental Arts of Florida the next time you need a dentist.

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