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We’ve all seen the research about the connection between sugar and tooth decay. And yet sweets play a huge part in our cultural holiday festivities. While Halloween is now behind us, the holiday season is just around the corner so we thought we’d pass on a few tips to keep in mind to help the sugar lover maintain healthy teeth.

 

Rinse with a Fluoride Mouthwash

We all have bacteria naturally living in our mouths. High sugar content in cakes, candies, pies, and beverages (alcoholic and otherwise) reacts with this bacteria to create an acid that can cause tooth decay and damage enamel. After you’re done binging on sugar, rinse with a fluoride mouthwash as soon as you can. The fluoride will help remove the acid and leftover sticky residue left in your mouth.

 

Chew Sugar-Free Gum

No mouthwash handy? No worries. Even rinsing with plain water will help. Or you can try chewing sugar-free gum. This will help you produce more saliva which will help clean your teeth by removing any excess sugar left on your teeth.

 

Sour Candies? Wait before you Brush

While this may surprise you, brushing your teeth immediately after consuming sour candies (and very acidic foods) may actually do more harm than good. You should still rinse your mouth with mouthwash or water…and floss too if it’s handy. However, we recommend that you wait an hour before you brush your teeth to ensure the acid created won’t wear away your enamel.

 

Using The Best Toothpaste

Understand that your tooth enamel can never be replaced once it’s been destroyed, however brushing regularly with a remineralizing toothpaste is a good way to resist decay and strengthening tooth enamel. Most toothpastes contain enough fluoride to help.

 

Keep Smiling

By maintaining simple dental habits like rinsing, brushing and flossing (Just do it!) along with regular dental check-ups, you and your family can protect yourselves from cavities and maintain a perfect smile.

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