“Latte Decay”

Slow-sipping your favorite drink can lead to tooth decay.

Do you enjoy “slow-sipping ” a coffee drink, sports energy drink, or tea with honey? It’s as true now as it was when you were a kid–sugar causes cavities!

Many adults have gotten into a habit of slowly enjoying a delicious morning brew, or an afternoon pick-me-up while perusing their emails or standing on the sidelines during an evening soccer game.

The introduction of sweet , whether it’s the sugar that’s part of creamers (lactose) or the kind added by the teaspoon, helps bacteria to break down carbohydrates into acid.

The constant introduction of a little bit over a longer period of time helps acid to decay the tooth enamel. Then it becomes a cavity. Very often this occurs in the spots that are hard to access with a toothbrush, but easy for liquids to bathe. That means inbetween
teeth — or what dentists call “flossing cavities “.

But wait! You can still indulge your caffeine habit and your sweet tooth. Please follow a few suggestions:

  • Try to have your drink like you would a snack. In one sitting, during a limited period of time–or with a meal.
  • If possible-brush and floss as soon as possible afterwards.
  • Drink lots of water–both before and after to rinse the sticky sugars.
  • If its not possible to brush, floss, and rinse–chew a piece of sugarless gum. It’s┬ádesigned to run out of flavor in about 10 minutes. It will help to wash away the sticky sugar.

Call 610-499-1080 today and schedule your regular check up and cleaning. Nothing replaces your dental visit.


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