09 Jan Are You Recovering from the Sugar Craze? How to Clean off the Sweet
If you have a sweet tooth, there is some good news as believe it or not you can enjoy sweet treats without getting cavities. When your teeth are coated with sugar, it provides fuel for bacteria naturally present in the mouth and these bacteria create acid as a byproduct. It’s the acidity that damages your teeth because it weakens tooth enamel and over time can cause tooth decay.
Preventing Cavities While Still Enjoying Sweets
The secret is to make sure your teeth don’t encounter sugars for too long and to indulge in sweets with meals instead of snacking on them throughout the day. It’s especially bad to snack on sweets just before you go to bed.
After eating something sweet, resist the urge to brush your teeth immediately and instead wait at least half an hour. During this time the acidity levels in your mouth reduce, allowing your tooth enamel to re-harden. If you brush immediately after eating sweet treats, your tooth enamel is softer and more easily damaged by your toothbrush. What you can do after eating something sweet is to rinse your mouth with water as this will reduce cavity-causing bacteria. Another helpful thing is to chew sugar-free gum that stimulates saliva flow, washing away harmful acids more quickly.