Thanks Certifiably Kissable for such a “sweet” article (see below). In all seriousness, we can’t totally agree with your perspective, but we don’t condone it either. We are in the business of caring for the health of our patients and in doing so we must support the common medical guidance that says, just say no to sugar. There are so many health related studies that prove why sugar is bad for you, however, the same as with smoking, sometimes we are not always going to take the healthiest route. As much as we are proponents for being 100% healthy, we are also human and know the challenges that come with such a proposition.
But for the sake of doing the right thing… We are taking a stand and strongly recommending you stay away from sugar. It’s bad for you. Don’t do it!
Now for those of you who decide to ignore our guidance, we understand and we aren’t going to hold it against you but please do take a moment out and read below how cavities are formed. If you have a sweet tooth, and you aren’t alone, please let us know at your next appointment and we will let you know, what if any additional steps should be taken to keep you cavity free. Enjoy the read.
When sugar cravings happen they are hard to resist, especially at Lolli & Pops in Los Gatos, CA. This store is every candy lover’s dream! They call themselves “Purveyors of Sweetness” and they don’t disappoint. We all know sugar isn’t the greatest thing for our health, but if you are going to eat the sweat, this is the place to do it!
Who are we to say sugar is bad for you, don’t eat it, you are going to do what you are going to do. BUT you can take care of yourself by at least rinsing your mouth out with water and washing away what sugar you can. Your best bet is to brush, floss and rinse with mouthwash to thoroughly get rid of any leftover sweetness and help protect your teeth.
Sugar plays a key role in forming cavities. Here’s a blow by blow of how cavities are formed.
1. Your teeth are covered by enamel.
2. Enamel is a hard mineral substance.
3. Mineral can break down when in contact with acid.
4. Your mouth is naturally filled with bacteria, some good and some bad.
5. Acid is produced when bacteria comes in contact with sugar (and carbohydrates).
6. This produces plaque, a sticky colorless film that forms on your teeth.
7. Plaque is the main cause of cavities (and gum disease)
8. Plaque hardens into tartar if not removed each day by brushing, flossing and rinsing.
9. Tartar and plaque will eat away at your enamel.
10. This “eating away” causes tiny holes in your enamel called decay.
11. Over time the holes get larger and the decay becomes cavities.
If you have a sweet tooth that can’t be tamed be sure to talk to your dentist or hygienist. They can give you additional guidance on what to do to be cavity free. It may include increasing the number of your in-office cleanings, but that’s a very small price to pay to live the sweet life.
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