Updated: Jan 15, 2019
If you have a raging sweet tooth like me, or a prolific soft drink addiction like my wife, then this blog is especially for you!
Surprisingly, it's better for your teeth to eat all that candy you've been hoarding in one fell swoop than to eat small amounts of your favorite sugary treats all day long! The scientific reason behind this is interesting! You see, every time you eat a sugary treat the bacteria in your mouth breaks down that sugar and in turn excretes acid. This acid is what leads to the demineralization of your teeth, otherwise known as cavities. And for those of you, like my wife, who pose the argument that diet soft drinks don't have sugar and thus don't cause cavities I also have a rebuttal for you! Soft drinks- even diet ones, are in their nature very acidic- also leading to the demineralization of your beautiful teeth. Luckily, our saliva works to flush out this acidity returning our mouth to a healthy environment for our teeth- but this can't be done if you are constantly sipping on soft drinks (even diet ones) or snacking on sweet treats all day long!
Considering my wife is unlikely to give up her soft drinks and I my delicious sweets here are a few tips to help you indulge your vices AND avoid cavities!
1. Try to limit your soft drink consumption to meal times. This will allow your mouth some time to recover and return to a healthy pH- giving your teeth some reprieve.
2. For the same reason as above, try and satisfy that sweet tooth craving directly following your meals.
3. Between meals and after any sweet tooth indulgence- drink plenty of water! This will help flush away that acidity.
4. Brush and floss your teeth regularly- at least in the morning and before bed! Also consider brushing after lunch- especially if you have been indulging your soft drink addiction frequently that morning!
5. Ask your dentist about sealants- a coating applied to the chewing surface of your back teeth that seals off small grooves and crevasses. This helps to deter those sneaky cavity causing agents from hiding away from your tooth brush!