Health Week

Dentist Recommends: Why Limit Your Intake of Sugary Food and Drinks

Sugary FoodPart of the many reasons people don’t like visiting the dentist is they don’t agree with the advice they receive. Other than asking you to brush properly with fluoride-based toothpaste, dentists will ask to make certain lifestyle changes. For example, they might ask you to lower your intake of sugary food and drinks. In a world full of sweet delights, that might seem too much of a sacrifice to make. In the real sense, however, that request is reasonable.

Prompts tooth decay

Like it or not, your mouth can become a host to millions of self-serving bacteria. They are self-serving in a sense that they don’t have your best interest at heart. Smile Designs Dentistry and other dental professionals explain that microbes are only interested in surviving and reproducing. They make use of any sugar in the mouth to grow and reproduce. The result is an increase of harmful bacteria and an accumulation of harmful organic acids in the mouth.

Acids dissolve and erode the protective enamel on the teeth, leaving them vulnerable to tooth decay. Again, some sweet beverages have high acid content that only serves to compound the situation. In most cases, the damage is small enough to pass and go unnoticed until the damage is too extensive.

Prompts tooth loss

On average, a 50-year old would have lost about seven permanent teeth. This only serves to justify the dangers of skipping a dental visit. A dentist can spot cavities and take corrective actions as soon as they begin to form. Nipping these problems in the bud, along with the appropriate lifestyle changes, can keep your teeth healthy and strong.

Many people unknowingly put their teeth at risk, and it increases the chance of losing them at some point later. Visiting a dentist can keep your teeth healthy and strong, so don’t ever think of skipping.

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