You have probably heard for years that sugar can lead to cavities. While this may be true, it might not mean that you need to feel extreme guilt if you have a sweet tooth and enjoy a treat every now and then. Even if you have some sugary snacks more frequently than the average person, there could be a few things you can do to help prevent cavities from invading your smile.
The first suggestion, to brush your teeth often, may not be a surprise to you but we might add a couple of recommendations that might. You could consider carrying a portable or disposable toothbrush with you during the day. That way, you can quickly visit a restroom after eating a dessert to clean your teeth. If you frequently eat a lot of sweets, you may have a higher risk for plaque buildup than the average person. To help keep your smile healthy, you might want to consider changing your toothbrush regularly.
If you do not wish to carry a toothbrush with you during the day, or don’t have access to one, there are still a few options that you can consider. A mouthwash can be used to help rid your mouth of sugars and sticky residues. Fluorinated ones might be ideal, but if none are available, you can simply rinse your mouth with water. Chewing a sugar free gum can help clean your teeth by increasing your saliva production, which naturally cleans your mouth. You might also choose less sugary options like a piece of pound cake over caramels.
Preventing cavities could be as simple as keeping those sugars from remaining on your teeth. If you would like to know more about preventing cavities in Boise, Idaho, you are welcome to schedule a consultation with Dr. Blake Dayley by calling us at 208-321-1141. We want to help you have a healthy smile at Dayley Family Dental.