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What And How Often You Eat Can Affect Your Teeth

Eating habits and food choices can lead to tooth decay or cavities. Study showed snacking sugary foods and sipping sugary drinks all day long can damage your teeth.Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on teeth. This plaque will build up over time if you don’t remove it daily.

Plaque bacteria use sugar to make acid that attacks enamel, the outside layer of the tooth. The acid can attack tooth enamel for up to 20 minutes after you consume sugary foods or drinks. When you have sugary foods many times a day or sip the same sugary drinks for a long time, acid attacks the enamel again and again. Repeated acid attacks can cause tooth decay or cavities. Untreated decay can travel down to the tooth nerves which will need root canal therapy.

How to reduce your risk of tooth decay:

  1. Limit sugary drinks and snacks between meals. If you do snack, choose foods that are low in sugar and fat (read nutrition fact labels).
  2. If you have sugary foods and drinks, have them with meals. Saliva increases during meals and helps weaken acid and rinse food particles from the mouth.
  3. Drink tap water with fluoride right after consuming sugary foods and drinks. The water can help wash away the sugar component in your mouth.
  4. Very important to see your dentist regularly. Recommended once every 6 months.

Healthy Smile Tips:

  • Brush your teeth twice a day with fluoride toothpaste.
  • Floss once a day
  • Eat a balanced diet and limit snacks
  • Visit your dentist every 6 months