Yes it would be VERY easy for me to say “just avoid sugar”. But in an age of fast food, chocolate thick-shakes and Donut King, how does one do that? It’s simply not realistic.
We live with sugar. It’s here and it is not going away.
Here are my top three tips for preventing tooth decay if you have a sweet tooth. Hope you find these helpful.
Tip Number One: ORAL HYGIENE
This one is a no-brainer. Brush your teeth twice a day.
Small circles, angled at 45 degrees to your teeth and gently massage your gums while you brush. This mechanically removes any food residue still stuck to your teeth.
Use floss to clean the areas between your teeth. This is important as a toothbrush cannot reach these spots and food can easily get lodged and sit here for days causing bad breath, decay and gum infection.
When using floss make sure you contact the surfaces of your teeth to again mechanically remove bits of food stuck to them.
As much as I’d love you to floss every day, even once a week is better then nothing.
Tip Number Two: SUBSTITUTION
If you cook your own cakes and biscuits and jams, then try substituting white sugar with something like Xylitol.
This is a natural sugar and many studies have come out recently showing it actually STOPS decay from progressing through your teeth. It doesn’t spike blood sugar or insulin, starves the plaque-producing bacteria in your mouth and feeds friendly microbes in your digestive system.
There are also sugar alternatives out there for bodybuilders and diabetics so have a look at these products and see if they are suitable for you.
Another tip is avoid fruit juices and swap for the raw fruit version. Have an apple instead of slowly sipping on apple juice. Sugary juices are definitely not great for your teeth.
Tip Number Three: TIMING
Lots of studies have shown it is not necessarily the AMOUNT of sugar you have, but rather how FREQUENTLY you have it.
This is because when you frequently consume sugar throughout the day, you are not giving your saliva enough time to replenish itself and buffer the mouth from the acidity created from consuming the sugar.
So if you are going to have sugary foods and drinks, try and consume them during or after a main meal. Once you have had the sugary meal or drink, then that is it. Don’t snack on sugary foods all day.
Of course during the course of every day, make sure you are having lots of veggies, protein and water.
I hope you have found this blog helpful. These 3 tips are simple and pretty easy to follow – and they will help minimise the chance of decay.
We certainly won’t judge your sugar intake, but we may give you some tips to help manage it.