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By Susan Pearson, D.D.S.
March 05, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Sugar  

With Girl Scout Day coming up in March, it’s important to acknowledge how sugary treats can affect your oral health.

March sets off a whirlwind week of Girl Scout celebrations from March 8th through the 14th, ending with the official Girl Scout TeethBirthday on March 12th. This year marks the Girl Scout’s 103rd birthday! The Girl Scout organization helps instill confidence, leadership and service in young women all over America. However, what might come to mind when you think about Girl Scouts are the delicious boxes of cookies that are sold each year. You may dream of refreshing thin mints or a mouthwatering box of samoas; however, this year when you purchase your boxes of cookies your Silver Spring dentist recommends putting your oral health first.

How does sugar affect your smile?

Sugar gets a bad rap; however, it’s important to note that it isn’t the sugar itself that actually causes cavities. Instead, sugar creates an environment that helps the bacteria that cause cavities to thrive.

Every time you consume sugar the bacteria in your mouth starts to break it down, converting it to acid. It’s the acid that attacks the enamel of your teeth, causing decay and cavities to form.

Caring for Teeth After Sugar

While we can acknowledge the problems sugar can cause for our smile it’s hard to give it up altogether. In fact, you can still enjoy sugar every once and a while. Just be sure to follow these helpful hints for caring for your teeth after consuming sweets:

Brush your teeth right after eating anything with sugar. This will prevent sugar from staying on teeth too long and eroding enamel. The only time you won’t want to brush right after eating is if your sugary snack is also acidic. If you eat acidic treats wait about a half hour before brushing your teeth.

If you can’t reach for your toothbrush you’ll want to at least rinse your mouth out right after. This is one way to remove acid from your teeth to ward off tooth enamel erosion. Also, you can pop a piece of sugarless gum in your mouth, which will stimulate saliva to wash away sugar and food particles from your teeth.

Be sure to floss at least once a day, aiming to floss before you brush your teeth. By flossing before you brush your teeth you allow the fluoridated toothpaste to reach those hard-to-clean spots between teeth, giving you a more thorough clean.

As always, it’s important to see your Silver Spring dentist every six months for routine cleanings and exams. If it’s time to see your dentist, then contact Dr. Susan Pearson, DDS to get a deep-down clean you’ll notice.

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