Sugary Drinks and Dental Health

dentist Sterling HeightsKeeping your teeth and gums healthy requires some vigilance. Commonly consumed beverages like fruit juice, soda, cocktails, and even sweetened coffee and tea could do a number on your dental health. Consuming large amounts of sugar could drastically increase your risk for cavities and affect the pH of your mouth. Bear in mind that cavities will not heal on their own; they will worsen unless you receive professional care from a dentist.

You might be surprised how many drinks marketed as health foods are brimming with high sugar content. Drinks like smoothies – even the green variety – and kombucha can have large amounts of sugar, too. We strongly encourage patients to read food labels and limit their intake of sugar whenever possible.

Why Sugar is Bad for Your Oral Health

Sugar is a concern because harmful bacteria literally feed on sugar molecules. Since sugar is a food source to problematic bacteria, it can increase your risks of tooth decay and oral infections. Once bacteria feed on sugar, they release acids, which soften and ultimately weaken the enamel coating of your teeth.

Permanently damaging your tooth enamel puts your dental health at serious risk. Once your teeth are damaged by acid, your risk for tooth decay increases substantially. Since tooth enamel can’t grow back, it’s important to make preventing enamel loss a priority.

What You Can Do to Safeguard Your Oral Health

In addition to limiting your consumption of sugar, you will need to adopt a meticulous oral hygiene routine and commit to receiving regular checkups and cleanings from your dentist to enjoy optimal oral health.

When it comes to oral hygiene, be sure to brush your teeth at least twice a day. We encourage people to use ADA-accepted products, proper technique, and non-abrasive toothpastes to reap the full benefits of brushing. It’s also important to floss at least once per day because a toothbrush cannot reach all the crevices of your mouth where leftover food and surface debris can hide.

Regular checkups and cleanings can help detect decay in its earliest stages so that you can protect your teeth with minimal professional intervention.

Give our team at Forever Young Dentistry a call if it’s time to schedule a checkup or cleaning.