It may not be realistic to suggest avoiding sugary treats completely. But The Parkway Dentist in Fort Worth reminds you that eating sweets at certain times is better for your teeth than at others. For instance, when you eat a full meal, your saliva production increases. Saliva is necessary to neutralize acids and rinse bits of food off of teeth.
This is great news for dessert lovers, because it means that sweets consumed after meals pose a lower risk to your teeth because your mouth is already in a plaque-fighting state. If you must indulge, it’s better to have sweets with a meal.
Furthermore, remember that the type of treat is as essential as when you eat it. Dentists are constantly reminding their dental patients that sticky candies stay on your teeth for a long time, even when your saliva is flowing. And hard candies that you suck for an extended time give bacteria a perfect environment to create harmful enamel-weakening acids.
The Parkway Dentist is here to help you have the healthiest teeth and gums possible. We provide general and family dentistry, plus cosmetic dentistry services like teeth whitening, dental crowns and bridges, and porcelain veneers. Call us today to book an appointment!
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