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Lowering How Much Sugar You Consume Can Help Improve Your Oral Health
Posted on 1/20/2019 by Winning Smile Dental Group
If you want to keep your teeth, tongue, and mouth healthy, there are a few things you can do. Brushing and flossing will certainly help, as will seeing us for your regular six month cleaning and checkup.
One of the best things you can do, though, is to reduce the amount of sugar you consume on a daily basis. Sugary treats every now and then aren't horrible but eating sugar every single day will quickly start taking its toll on your teeth. Lowering how much sugar you're consuming regularly is the key to improving your oral health.
Make Small Changes This can be difficult. If you usually drink coffee with sugar or soda early in the day to get that caffeine kick you need, it's not going to be easy to break that habit. The first thing to do is to know how much sugar you're consuming regularly. With that information, you can determine where you can make one small change.
If you usually drink four sodas a day, cut out one of them. Try switching out your favorite cookies with a similar sugar-free version. You don't have to change everything and quit eating all sugar right away. Make a small change to start.
How Cutting Back on Sugar Helps
One of the reasons why it can be so hard to cut back on sugar is because you don't see immediate results. It's difficult to feel like you're actually making any progress or doing anything helpful. That's because improving your overall oral health means you're not seeing anything bad happen.
There are fewer cavities forming, less chance of developing gum disease, and a lower risk of infections. These aren't necessarily things you can look in the mirror and see, so it might not feel as if you're really doing any good.
You are, though. When you come in for your regular cleanings, we will definitely see that your oral health has improved. In fact, if you've started decreasing the amount of sugar you consume and haven't had a checkup recently, call us today to schedule an appointment.
We'll let you know what kind of progress you've made.