At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, we think it’s too much to ask that you never indulge in sugary treats. We get that. In fact, some of us here have a sweet tooth, like anyone else. But eating too many sweets can give that sweet tooth a toothache.
Eating sweets at certain times is better for your teeth than 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 have 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.
Moreover, remember that the type of treat is as critical as when you eat it. We are constantly reminding our dental patients that sticky candies stay on the teeth for a long time, even when saliva is flowing. And hard candies that you suck for an extended time give bacteria a perfect environment to create detrimental enamel-weakening acids.
At Love Your Smile in Kelowna, we’re here to help you have the healthiest and most attractive smile possible. We provide general, cosmetic, and restorative dentistry, among other services. If you happen to develop a toothache, give us a call and we’ll get you in as soon as possible.
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