Americans are decreasing the number of sugary drinks they consume according to a recent study published by Harvard University. The reason for this, explored within the study, is recent information regarding obesity and the over-consumption of calories by Americans overall.
This is also good news for your oral health.
Sugar and Tooth Decay
For generations, we have heard about the relationship between sugary foods and the instances of tooth decay. Sugar is added to some foods you might never suspect:
- Salad dressing
- Barbecue sauce
- Dips and soup
The king of sugar remains soft drinks, energy drinks, and soda, so recent news of the gradual decline is excellent news for your dentist in the 46229 area of Indianapolis and around the nation.
Bacteria feed on sugar and cause acid to develop in the mouth. Acid softens enamel and causes dental decay. Brushing your teeth and flossing can help, but it’s best to tackle the problem at its source.
Preventing cavities is a big part of our preventive dentistry program at German Church Road Family Dentistry. In addition to regular dental exams, cleanings, and x-rays, we also have a couple of decay-fighting weapons.
- Fluoride treatment – Fluoride remineralizes soft enamel and is a naturally-occurring mineral that we can apply directly to teeth with a small brush.
- Dental sealants – For a barrier against decay, your dentist in 46229 may suggest dental sealants, which fill the deep grooves in the teeth. This keeps out food particles and bacteria from the microscopic areas that are the first place decay develops.
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To learn more about a diet that supports good oral health or to discuss your specific needs, please give us a call. We offer personalized dentistry for the families of our practice.