Dental Cavities Risk Can Be Reduced

Dental CavityDrinking sugar sweetened beverages can increase the risk of developing dental cavities in adults and the use of fluoride toothpaste doesn’t help decrease the risk. This was according to a study posted in Journal of Dentistry.

The research suggested that adults drinking one to more than three sugar sweetened beverages each day were 31 percent more likely to have missing, filled or decayed teeth, compared to those who didn’t drink sweetened drinks. The study also showed that socio-demographic characteristics as well as the use of fluoride toothpaste don’t affect the risk of suffering from dental cavities.

The research was based on data from adults who were enrolled in the Health 2000 Survey as well as the Follow-Up Study of Oral Health of Finnish Adults. The sugar that is used in soft drinks and sweetened processed foods is corn sugar that is high in fructose. Corn syrup has both fructose and glucose that are easy for bacteria to use and create acids that damage the teeth.

Complex carbohydrates such as starch in wheat, rice, and other grains are hard for bacteria to utilize as they are more difficult to break down into glucose and utilize them.

It is suggested to drink sweetened beverages in moderation. You should consider using straw to lessen the exposure to sugar as well as acid in the drink. After finishing the drink, take a glass of water. It is preferable to drink tap water that has been fluoridated after drinking acidic or sugary beverages.

It is not advisable to brush teeth right away. Wait for at least an hour for the teeth to recover and the enamel to harden once again before brushing the teeth.

You should also consider not taking a sip of acidic or sugary drink over a long period of time. This would expose the teeth to acid and sugar attacks.

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