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Apr 14th, 2011 West London dentists help patients to eat sweet foods without putting teeth and gums at risk Get in touch

Having a sweet tooth means that it’s very hard to resist when a sugary snack is offered to you. Your cravings will often get the better of you and that is fine as long as they are consumed in moderation. The real problem comes when your predilection for sweet foods means that your teeth and gums are put at risk from decay and disease because of it. What should you do then if you like sweet snacks but are concerned about your oral health?

Have a think about the types of sweet food that you are eating. Some are worse than others when it comes to putting your teeth and gums at risk. It all depends on how long the substances are hanging around on your teeth because the longer they are there for then the more plaque can start attacking your teeth and gums and cause teeth to decay and gums to inflame. Boiled sweets for example are very sticky indeed and can stay for a long time in the crevices of your teeth, particularly your molars at the back of your mouth.

Things like fruit, produce a lot of plaque but they don’t stick to your teeth as much. Think about how you can eat your sweet rewards in a situation when you will be able to brush your teeth and floss afterwards. At the very least you can chew after you have eaten a sweet snack, sugar free chewing gum of course. This will dislodge some of the food particles and plaque and stimulate saliva which naturally helps fight plaque and strengthens the enamel on your teeth. Ask your West London dentist for more help with these matters the very next time you are at the surgery.

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