What Happens When You Eat Sweets and Don’t Brush Enough?

It can be difficult to turn down sweets. Especially with the holiday season just around the corner. If you're consuming sugar, it's important to make sure that you're taking great care of your teeth to make sure you don't get any cavities while you're enjoying your treats.

Brushing your teeth loosens plaque build-up on the teeth which also reduces the build-up of additional plaque. Brushing the gums also toughens them so they are more resilient to gum disease and tooth decay.

How Does Sugar Hurt Teeth?

Sugar from the goodies you enjoy start its devastating work on your teeth as soon as it contacts the tooth. The sugar molecules attach themselves to the molecules of your saliva which coats the teeth and gums.

With the addition of carbohydrates and protein molecules, the sugar becomes extra sticky, causing it to latch on further to the enamel of your teeth. It is the accumulation and build-up of this sugar/carb/protein mix that results in plaque.

The naturally occurring bacteria in your mouth called streptococcus has a negative reaction to the sugar build-up. The reaction with sugar results in the streptococcus undergoing a process where lactic acid is produced.

It is this lactic acid eats away at the calcium phosphate found in the tooth enamel. Lactic acid therefore leads to cavities and tooth decay by destroying and weakening the tooth enamel, or protective, outer layer.  

Why Brushing is Important

While brushing your teeth, even if it is immediately after you ate, won’t completely remove the plaque, it can help remove some of it. Even with removing some of the plaque, you lower the extent of the damage it can have on your teeth.

Adequate brushing requires a minimum of 2 minutes, during which time plaque and residual sugary food particles are removed from the surface of your teeth and from in between cracks between teeth.

Again, brushing should only be a part of your dental hygiene routine. Flossing and using mouthwash are additional components to healthy, proper oral hygiene.

If you’re out and about and don’t have a toothbrush handy, be sure to floss. The string and even dental picks are small and easy to carry.

If you don’t have even dental floss on you, rinsing your mouth with water immediately after eating will lessen the amount of plaque that adheres to and builds up on teeth.

It is important to visit your dentist every six months for a thorough, professional dental cleaning. Having your teeth examined by a professional and allowing a professional to use powerful dental cleaning equipment is a good way to proactively stem off the risk of gum disease and tooth decay.

At Madison Smile Solutions, we care about the health of our patients’ teeth and are committed to doing everything we can to preserve their beautiful, natural smiles and sustain their quality of life.

If it has been longer than six months, you should contact us to schedule a dental checkup and teeth cleaning.

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Perfecting Your Smile with Veneers in Madison

People are attracted to other people who are happy and confident. One way you can boost your confidence is to give yourself a smile makeover. While there are different methods, veneers are a popular option. As one of the best places in Madison to get veneers, here are the top three reasons we recommend going this route.

1. They quickly fix your teeth.

Veeners are thin shells that are placed on top of your teeth, making them less intrusive than crowns, braces, or implants. This means they cover your teeth and create an all new look with a different shape, color, or length. If you are looking for a fast way to get whiter, perfectly shaped teeth, veneers are a great option. They can correct a lot of different cosmetic problems, such as:

·         Stains and Discoloration

·         Worn, dinged, and bulged surfaces

·         Cracks and chips

·         Fill in gaps

·         Crooked, uneven, misaligned teeth

The process involves preparing the mouth with impressions. Only ½ millimeter of the tooth surface is shaved down after the area is numbed. To this area, the custom-made veneers are positioned. Once it looks perfect, a certain light beam is applied to activate chemicals in the special cement adhesive. This gives you a great new smile.

2. Long Lasting Results

Some of the options to fix your teeth require a lot of time to install or don’t last very long. Even though veneers are quick to apply, they are a wonderful long-term solution for making your smile great. Veneers are made of porcelain which have several long-term benefits, including:

·         The coloring holds well and is stain resistant

·         It gives a natural appearance that even reflects light similarly to natural teeth

·         A hard and durable material that withstands force

·         Less reaction when held next to gum tissue for long periods of time

Veneers have long lasting results. When you go this route to a better smile, you are making an investment. Many patients find that their veneers last up to 20 years.

3. Easy Maintenance

The American Academy of Cosmetic Dentistry have released specific care instructions to help your veneers last as long as possible. You can help protect them by brushing and flossing like regular teeth. The only special instruction is that you don’t’ use an abrasive fluoride toothpaste because it can scratch the surface and dull your veneers.

While other cosmetic procedures require watching what you eat and drink to protect the beauty of your smile. With the porcelain veneers we use, there is no need to limit your habits because it is resistant to staining. Biting patterns don’t require change either. Even though the veneers are applied to the front surface of each tooth, you can eat and bite like normal without fearing they will break or come off.

An Investment in You

Veneers are a wonderful option if you are looking for a new and improved smile. Investing in your smile will increase your confidence, make you feel great, and completely change the way people perceive you. If you are interested in learning more, we are happy to discuss if this option is right for you.