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Sugary Drinks and Dental Health

dentist Cypress TXThe variety of beverages available today is extensive. Many of them have negative nutritional value making them an unwise choice. Your dentist will caution you about consuming sugary beverages … they promote dental decay so they should be limited to special occasions.

Some of the sugary beverages to avoid include soda, sweetened coffee or tea, lemonade, sports drinks, juices, and chocolate milk. Cold beverages that contain sugar should always be consumed using a straw … this allows much of the beverage to bypass teeth. Never swish a sugary beverage.

What happens when you drink a beverage that contains sugar? The mouth is already laden with bacteria that clings to teeth. When sugary or high carbohydrate foods or beverages are consumed, they promote bacteria growth on teeth producing damaging acids.

Acids lead to enamel erosion … when the protective enamel coating on teeth is permeated a cavity can form. If the cavity is deep or bacteria impacts the dental nerve, the patient may require a root canal to save the tooth.

The ideal alternative to sugary beverages is water (tap water is best as it contains fluoride, a mineral that works to strengthen dental enamel). Unsweetened tea or coffee, sparkling water, milk (milk contains calcium that supports dental enamel and promotes strong teeth), or diluted juice are better options than those that are sugar laden.

If you do drink one of these sugary beverages, make sure to drink it quickly. Don’t sip it over an extended period of time. If you should drink a beverage that contains citrus, do not brush your teeth for at least an hour following consumption. Citrus softens dental enamel and brushing too soon can damage teeth.

Make sure you follow your dentist’s advice … brush at least twice every day with a fluoridated toothpaste. Invest in a timer or electronic toothbrush so you will brush the recommended two minutes every time you brush.

Floss your teeth at least once a day to remove what your toothbrush missed; when flossing is done correctly your gum tissue will be invigorated.

Visit your dentist every six months for a thorough cleaning, polishing, and dental exam. Your teeth will look their best, and regular visits with the dentist will allow any dental problems to be diagnosed and treated before they have a chance to escalate into costly or time consuming treatment. 

Contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan to schedule your next visit.

Healthy Teeth – Healthy Body: Tips to Improve Oral and Overall Health

teeth cleaning Cypress TXResearch has proven there is a correlation between dental and overall health. When you visit your dentist for a teeth cleaning, you may wonder why so many questions are asked about your medications and changes to your health since your last visit. Your dentist isn’t just being inquisitive … understanding changes to your overall health helps to provide optimum care for your dental health.

For example, it is a well documented fact that tobacco use is dangerous for your health. But did you know that smokers are much more likely to suffer from gum disease than non-smokers? In many cases, gum disease can lead to tooth loss. Dental decay is more prevalent in adults who use tobacco; tobacco use may increase the likelihood to develop oral cancer.

Maintaining a healthy weight is good advice for everyone, but one of the ways to keep your weight in check might be to do what is best for your dentition. Sugary snacks and beverages can pack on unwanted pounds … and these are major contributors to plaque build-up and the potential for developing cavities. Limit soda and sweet treats to special occasions.

Healthier snacks include dairy products like cheese and yogurt; if you are looking for something crunchy, look to nuts, seeds, or popcorn. When it comes to meals, vegetables, fruits, proteins, and healthy grains should be staples in your daily diet. 

Things that are good for your overall health will generally be beneficial to your dental health … this means get sufficient sleep daily, stay hydrated (water is ideal), exercise, and see your dentist every six months for teeth cleaning and dental exam.

Brush your teeth at least twice each day with a fluoridated toothpaste. Either set a timer or invest in an electronic toothbrush so you are brushing the recommended two minutes. When you brush your teeth, don’t just brush the outside. Clean the backs of your teeth as well as the top; brush to include your gums to keep them invigorated; brush your tongue as well.

At least once each day floss your teeth to reach what your toothbrush missed. There are many types of floss available; finding one that you like may encourage daily use.

Take good care of your dental health … it will make a positive contribution to your overall health. If it’s time to schedule your next exam and cleaning, contact the office of Dr. Lori Logan today.