Tooth decay is a common reason why you should meet a Houston dentist. It is caused by several factors including the formidable trio of sugar, saliva, and bacteria. Of course, those with sweet tooth do not look forward to hearing this as sugar is an anticipated ingredient in every treat. While tooth
First, for sweet beverages like soda or iced tea, use a straw instead of drinking directly from the bottle or glass. Using a straw does not affect the flavor and taste of the beverage but it does a great job in making the liquid bypass your teeth. Hence, less sugar is stuck on your teeth and gums, minimizing plaque build-up. Just remember to drink or rinse mouth with water.
Second, substitute chocolates for hard candies. Hard or sticky candies tend to get stuck in spaces between your teeth. Also, they are hard to remove without using floss. If you can’t brush or floss after indulging in sweet treats, go for chocolates instead because these are easier to rinse off with water and does not stick to teeth.
Lastly, if you can’t avoid eating sweets, just be sure to brush, floss, and rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash. Also, visit your dentist at least twice a year for thorough cleaning and check-up. Sugar is not really an antagonist of teeth when it is properly and immediately washed away; you can still enjoy sweet treats long as you know how to care for your teeth after.
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