It is the time of year that our patients get back to their active lifestyles and outdoor BBQs and social events. The days are longer, the weather is warmer and we all feel ready for a nice fruity cocktail or a refreshing bubbly drink. Many of our patients do not realize how much sugar may be hiding in their sports drinks, cocktails and soda beverages. Frederick, MD dentist Dr. Nils Olson cautions patients to moderate their sugar intake as the weather warms up.
Sugar & Your Oral Health
Sugary beverages not only pack on unnecessary calories, they can negatively impact the health of your teeth and gums. Everyone has a number of different bacteria in their mouths. Some are good, and others cause tooth decay. This harmful type of bacteria feeds on sugar. As the bacteria uses the sugar for energy it leaves behind acid. This acid causes an increase in enamel erosion and cavity development.
Avoiding sugary beverages and opting for unsweet tea or water is your best option when it comes to hydration. Milk or plain seltzer water are other healthier alternatives to sugary juice, sports drinks, or sodas. If you do choose to indulge in a sugary drink try to finish it in one sitting. Sipping on sugar-laden liquids over long periods of time gives the sugar more opportunity to settle into the cracks and crevices between your teeth. Try to drink a glass of water immediately after finishing your soda, juice or sports drink to wash away the sugar.
Schedule An Appointment
Our Frederick family dentist office emphasizes the importance of preventive dental care for the whole family. Dr. Olson encourages biannual dental check ups and professional teeth cleanings for patients of all ages for optimal oral health. For your convenience, you can bring your whole family to the dentist in just one visit. Schedule an appointment online, or contact our Frederick dentist office.