The Holidays are almost here, and you know what it means - a lot of sweets (caramel, stick candies, holiday drinks, cookies, cakes and pies). All this sugar, which bacteria in your mouth love, can cause tooth decay (cavities).
Dental cavities are an infection caused by a combination of carbohydrate-containing foods and bacteria that live in our mouths. Only some bacteria in our mouths are associated with cavities. When these bacteria find carbohydrates, they digest them and produce acid.
As sugary foods like candy and other carbohydrates are eaten, the acid level in the mouth increases. It is this acid that begins to dissolve the hard enamel that forms the outer layer of our teeth. Every exposure to those foods allows an acid attack on the teeth for about 20 minutes.
People with dental crowns and dental bridges should avoid sticky treats like caramels, taffy or other candies of similar consistency. These candies can pull off crowns and bridges causing discomfort, inconvenience and even embarrassment.
But do not let this little bit of information stop you from eating food you love. Here are some steps to follow to avoid problems:
- Drink lots of water, or rinse your mouth with water, or even better bring a small bottle of mouth wash with you to every party you hit along the way, so you can quickly give yourself a good 1 minute of rinsing your mouth.
- How about some of these sugar-free gums so you can neutralize the bacteria that causes cavities.
- Try to avoid sugary foods and drinks.
- When you get home, don't forget to brush your teeth and remember to floss.
- When flossing don't rush, take your time and show each tooth some love.