How to Eat Sugar & Avoid Cavities

July 15, 2021

Woman with cupcake and cookiesDo you have a sweet tooth? Do you commonly crave sugary snacks? Have you ever asked yourself, “How can I eat sugar and avoid cavities?” If so, we’re here to remind you that you can still satisfy your sugar cravings and avoid cavities by consuming sugar in moderation and following these tips.

Choose Better Snacks

Most of us consume a lot more sugar than intended. Starchy snacks like tortilla or potato chips, for example, are high in sugar and cause long-term dental damage when consumed in large quantities. Many juices that are “all-natural” contain incredible amounts of sugar or natural sweeteners.

Snacks like cheese, however, can help remove food particles from teeth and restore a healthy pH balance in the mouth, warding off tooth decay. Dark chocolate can help satisfy a sweet tooth without increasing enamel erosion. Make a list of sweet snacks that you like and research healthier alternatives with lower sugar levels.

Eat Less Often

A great way to help fight off the negative effects of sugar consumption is to limit the number of sugary meals you consume per day. For example, if you enjoy having a sugary treat with each major meal, eat those sweets with the meal and brush afterward. Opt-out of having the sweets later on, as it may be difficult to brush between meals and after snacks.

Rinse After Eating

Not all of us have daily routines that leave a lot of excess time for oral care. While brushing after meals or cutting out easy-to-access sugary snacks are ideal goals, many of us are not able to realistically accomplish those goals in the hustle and bustle of everyday life.

At a minimum, try to rinse your mouth after every meal or snack. Rinsing with water, or chewing xylitol-containing gum, can help remove unwanted food particles from the surface of our teeth and gums.

Develop Healthy Habits

An important part of dental health is personal responsibility. Let go of damaging habits and replace them with habits that promote oral health.

  • Avoid chewy foods that stick to the cracks, crevices and surfaces of teeth.
  • Look for hidden sugar in snacks labeled “natural” or “healthy.”
  • Set a timer to ensure you brush for at least two minutes.
  • Stop going to bed without brushing your teeth.
  • Ask your family members or dentist to hold you accountable.
  • Make it a family affair; have everyone brush their teeth at the same time.

Visit Your Dentist for Routine Exams

Dedicated to patient care and improving the experience of our patients, East Harmony Dental is here to address your dental concerns. Serving the community of Fort Collins, CO, and the surrounding areas, our dental professionals are ready to assist you in correcting your oral health, answering your questions, and providing you kind and caring service.

If you’re concerned about tooth decay, dental health, or are in need of emergency services, contact our office today. Our staff is ready to help you get started on the path to better oral health.