Aside from brushing and flossing your teeth every day, there are other things you can do and not do to enhance or maintain the health of your smile. Dr. Thomas E. Wold and our team are more than happy to tell you some eating and drinking habits to avoid.
Drinks Before Bed
Drinking sugary drinks right before you go to bed without brushing after can cause havoc in your mouth. The sugar in these drinks lingers on the teeth, thus leading to tooth decay. If you have a drink before bed, make sure it’s only water or that you brush and floss your teeth after.
Sweets Between Meals
Lots of us enjoy between-meals snacks. However, it is important to be selective about the types of snacks you indulge in. Eating candy and sweets or drinking sugary liquids between meals can potentially harm the teeth. If you’re feeling the munchies between meals, choose healthier snacks that have complex carbs. If you would like sweets from time to time, eat them with meals. This way, the saliva that you will produce during a meal will help wash the sugars out and keep your mouth bacteria free.
Sugary drinks are bad for your teeth because they cause bacterial growth in your mouth. Did you know that even diet sodas are bad for your smile? The acidity that exists in all sodas is very detrimental to the teeth. So, to protect your smile, switch to water.
Feel free to contact Dr Thomas E. WOLD Dentistry at 541.389.1301 today for more information about caring for your smile and to schedule a visit with our dentist in Bend, Oregon. Our dentist and team are excited to get to know you!