We all know sugar is bad for teeth, but did you realise there is a right way and wrong way to enjoy sugary foods. Being aware of how to eat sugar more safely can minimise damage to teeth.
Ask Yourself How Long Sugar Will Remain in Your Mouth
It’s not the amount of sugar but rather the time your teeth are exposed to it and the shorter, the better. Therefore, sucking on hard sweets is much worse for your teeth than eating ice cream or chocolate. It will take quite a while to finish a hard sweet while ice cream and chocolate melt away more quickly.
Eat Sugar during Your Mealtimes
When you want to eat something very sugary, it’s best to have it during a meal rather than as a snack. Eating other foods will help prevent sugar from sticking to your teeth quite so badly.
Rinse with Water
Rinse your mouth with water after eating something sweet helps to neutralise acids in the mouth, reducing damage to your teeth.
Wait Half an Hour before Brushing
After eating, your mouth is acidic for at least half an hour during which time your tooth enamel is softer. Waiting before brushing allows time for your tooth enamel to re-harden, so it’s less likely to be worn away by a toothbrush.