Some people tend to love the perspective of having a sweet tooth. Children are advised against sugary food and snack intake at their tender ages. What do they mean by having a sweet tooth? We will discuss the sweet tooth and how it may affect your oral health.
This is a condition whereby your mouth regularly craves sweet foods such as cookies, candy, and chocolate. Sweet tooth happens when the choice of food or meal taken has a preference for sugar over the ones without. Having a sweet tooth is normal, but when it is under control. The mouth is full of bacteria. The bacteria need to eat sugar to survive. When you take excess sugar, the bacteria produce acid as a byproduct. The acid makes the Ph. of the mouth drop. Consequently, acidic conditions encourage the multiplication of bacteria, increasing the chances of getting cavities and gum infections.
How to satisfy a sweet tooth
Satisfaction of the sweet tooth is highly linked with committed oral health. Keeping your teeth clean is essential. This will reduce the chances of getting cavities. Brushing every night using fluoride toothpaste is necessary. Try to eat sweets that are not sticky to the mouth or sweets consumed for a prolonged period, and ensure you take them during mealtime as a dessert. During mealtimes, your body is fighting cavities best; hence the best time to intake sugary candies and chocolates. People at high risk of getting cavities should strengthen their teeth by demineralizing them.
While it may seem quite hard to avoid sugary foods, our dentists advise cleansing your mouth every time you eat candies and chocolates. This will ensure minimum sugar residues lingering in the mouth, reducing the risks of tooth cavities. Contact our office now and schedule your consultation for better oral health care.