Bethlehem Town Family Dental

Do I need to stop eating sugar for life?

Picture of individual drinking soda | Bethlehem Town Family Dental | Glenmont, NYThe simple answer is no. 

Moderation is Important

The important part about controlling sugar intake is the frequency of exposure to sugar.  While we strongly advocate the elimination of sodas, sports drinks, and candies, we understand we need sugar to survive. 

The Thirty Minute Rule

If you had to drink a cup of coffee with sugar, we recommend drinking that cup within 30 min to lower the frequency of sugar exposure.  Every sip or bite of something sugared will turn your mouth acidic and will take 30 min to return back to normal.  If you sip your coffee every 30 min you can imagine your mouth is acidic at all times.  This is also why sticky candies and candies that dissolve in your mouth are the worst culprits because they take a long time to eat.  

Rinsing After Sugar Intake

On top of limiting the frequency of exposures to sugar, we also recommend reducing sugar concentration and acidity of the mouth after the intake of sugar.  Ideally, you should brush your teeth, floss, and/or rinse your mouth with mouthwash after each exposure to sugar.  This is especially important if you had something sticky that will stay on your teeth for a while.  However, we understand not everyone has access and time to a brush, floss, and/or mouthwash every time you eat or drink.  We recommend at least rinsing your mouth with water after you eat or drink something with sugar to wash away some of the sugar and acids. 

Contact Us

If you feel you have negative impacts from your sugar intake, or you're due for a check-up, contact our office today! 

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