WHO Ups Sugar Restrictions To Guard Against Decay
Sugar can wreak havoc on teeth. Recent studies show that more than two-thirds of school-aged children experience dental decay, along with nearly all adults. One of the major causes of this decay is the high amount of sugar in our processed foods. The World Health Organization recently updated its guidelines to recommend that sugar should make up no more than 5% of our daily calorie intake.
How Does Sugar Destroy Teeth?
Bacteria in the mouth thrive on sugar from foods and beverages. Every time you take a bite or a drink of a sugary substance, the bacteria in your mouth produce acids from the sugars which attack tooth enamel. Tooth enamel is what protects your teeth from decay so this erosion can lead to cavities or even tooth loss.
How to Lessen the Damage
Cut out soft drinks and sugary drinks, or cut them back to being only an occasional treat. If you do partake, use a straw to help keep the sugars away from your teeth. Do not drink colas or fruit juice right before bed. If you do drink sugary drinks, always drink water immediately afterwards to flush away any acids.
Your Atlanta cosmetic dentists Dr. Jeffrey Hosford and Dr. Carol Karafotias will tell you that using fluoride toothpaste will also help to protect your tooth enamel. Atlanta residents have the added benefit of having fluoridated city water, so you may want to drink filtered tap water instead of reaching for bottled.
Contrary to popular belief, you may not want to brush your teeth immediately after consuming sugary foods. This is when the acids are attacking the enamel the most, so brushing could place even more stress on the enamel and weaken it. Instead, wait approximately an hour and then brush your teeth. The enamel will have time to recovery by then.
Comprehensive Dentistry, your cosmetic dentists in Atlanta, GA, offers cleaning and dental sealants to help protect your child’s teeth from the dangers of excessive sugars. If you are worried about enamel erosion or tooth decay, schedule an appointment for an exam today.