The modern American diet contains an ever increasing amount of added sugars and the approaching holiday season will mean more sweets for most of us!
Controlling the amount of added sugars in our daily diet is not only important for optimal oral health, but also directly affects our overall health and well being. Reducing sugars will help to prevent tooth decay, cavities, the development of gum disease and other dental issues, but it also helps to reduce the risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and hypertension. Recent studies have also shown that there is a direct link between these physical health issues and the condition of our dental health. Dental health conditions such as advanced gum disease can lead to overall health problems if left untreated.
In addition to reducing the consumption of sugars, Dr. Gauthier of Apex Dental in Northborough recommends that dental patients practice regular at home oral hygiene and come in twice a year for preventive care: this includes a thorough dental cleaning and exam. While good oral hygiene is necessary, dental cleanings offer a deeper and more effective cleaning and are just as important in the prevention of dental health problems like cavities and gum disease.
The upcoming holiday season brings with it the temptation of holiday sweets! While limiting sweets is important for many reasons, how we consume sugary foods and beverages is also something to consider.
Dr. Gauthier advises his dental patients to rinse the mouth after a sweet food or beverage to help reduce the amount of sugar left on the teeth which can allow the growth of harmful bacteria. It is also detrimental to consume candy slowly: this allows sugars to remain on the surfaces of the teeth and gums and promote the growth of bacteria that can cause decay and gingivitis.
Keep your mouth healthy and support your overall physical health this holiday season – and remember to schedule your preventive care visit with Dr. Gauthier at Apex Dental for maintaining optimal oral health.