Halloween and Christmas are now past, and Valentine’s Day is over. Just when you think you’ll be able to have a break from all of that sugar, the Easter bunny comes hopping into town. In America, we certainly don’t have to be asked twice to celebrate holidays with lots of sugar. How does your dental health stand a chance? Urbandale dentist, Dr. Jessica Lawson understands the pleasure which high-sugar candy provides. However, there are sweet alternatives that might make better options for your long term dental health.
Natural Treats…and Maybe a Little Dark Chocolate
Sugar may not technically cause cavities, but germs in your mouth which do cannot function and create damaging acid until they consume sucrose. This includes refined carbohydrates; not just candy, cake, and cookies. Sugar offers your body a false feeling of happiness, but the truth is, a healthy diet makes your body truly happy and nourished. If you can kick the sugar and white flour out of your diet, you may find your cravings for sweets dissipate. Your new treats can then become apples, bananas, grapes, and other delicious fruits. Even a little chocolate might offer dental health benefits. The theobromine compound in the cocoa bean strengthens tooth enamel. However, for chocolate to truly benefit your teeth, you need to stick to the darkest and most low-sugar types.
Sugar-Free Gum with Xylitol
Artificial sweeteners are not without controversy, but xylitol is different than synthetic imitation sugars. Xylitol is extracted from fruits and vegetables and used to sweeten many gums and mints. If you chew a piece of gum with xylitol after a meal, the texture of the gum and the compounds in xylitol will trap food debris and germs. This is a great way to neutralize your saliva after consuming something with acid. And xylitol gum gives you that sweet kick without added sugar or calories.
Dental Care from your Urbandale Dentist
The best way to avoid cavities is to keep up with your oral hygiene and dental checkups. If you are in need of any of our comprehensive dentistry services, contact your Urbandale dentist at our 50323 dentist officeby calling (515) 278-4366. We proudly serve patients from Urbandale, Johnston, Grimes, Waukee, and the surrounding communities.