Did you know that the foods and drinks we consume could increase our risk of developing cavities, and even issues like gingivitis and gum disease? In today’s blog, your Omaha, NE, dentist explains how sugary and starchy choices could mean cavities and toothaches, and how to choose better options for your smile when you go to the grocery store.
The Risks Posed by Cavities
Usually, the outer layer of tooth enamel protects the sensitive inner tissues from bacteria, preventing issues like tooth decay. However, poor oral hygiene, a diet high in sugar, and even injuries or accidents could weaken and damage enamel, leading to tooth decay as bacteria reaches the sensitive inner layers of dentin. Over time, the cavity will grow large and the person will experience worsening tooth sensitivity and aches. Along with discomfort, comes a greater risk of serious complications, such as infection or abscess, which could mean an eventual lost tooth. To avoid pain, infection, and gaps in your smile, you need to take steps to avoid cavities altogether!
Better Snack Options
First, let’s make sure you aren’t consuming meals and snacks that actually increase your risk of tooth decay. Items high in sugar and starch, such as candy, chips, and soda, could leave behind particles for bacteria to consume, leading to plaque buildup and weakened enamel. Instead, add more fresh fruits and veggies to your meals. Choose snacks like yogurt, cheeses, nuts, and whole grain crackers. Drink more water, instead of sugary options like soda, energy drinks, sports drinks, or fruit juice. These steps help keep your smile bright, and reduce the severity of plaque buildup until you can see us for a cleaning again!
What About Brushing and Flossing?
You also need to brush and floss, which helps remove stray particles from your smile and reduces your plaque severity. We recommend kids and adults alike start each day by brushing for two minutes using a fluoride toothpaste. You should do this again before going to bed at night. Every evening people should floss before bed as well, as this removes stray food particles and helps lower the risk of issues like gingivitis and gum disease. If you have any questions about keeping your teeth healthy and strong from home, or about choosing better snack and meal options, then contact our team today.
Do You Have Questions About Smart Snacking?
We know that by picking better snack options, you can help safeguard your smile. To learn more about protecting your smile’s appearance, function, and health, then schedule a consultation by calling Pacific Hills Dental in Omaha, NE, today at (402) 330-2243. We also serve the residents of Papillion, Elkhorn, La Vista, Millard, and all surrounding communities.