Recovering from Sugar Cravings: How to Clean off the Sweet Stuff

Most of us know eating sugar is bad for teeth, but what can you do if you have a sweet tooth? We’ve listed a few easy tips to help cope with sweet cravings without causing cavities.

Brush Frequently

You probably know this already, but it really does work. One thing that can be helpful is to pack a travel toothbrush and a small tube of toothpaste so that you can quickly clean your teeth after eating a sweet treat during the day.

Choose the Right Toothbrush

If you do eat a lot of sweets, you may have more plaque buildup than average so it’s important to make sure your toothbrush bristles can reach right in hard to clean nooks and crannies. Choose a toothbrush with soft bristles and make sure you use the right brushing technique. We can help you if you need any advice.

Use Mouthwash

Mouthwash can be useful for removing more sugar and sticky residue and if possible, choose one containing fluoride. Otherwise, even rinsing your mouth with plain water after eating can help.

Chew Sugar-Free Gum

Chewing sugar-free gum after eating something sweet stimulate saliva flow and helps to remove any sugar that is coating your teeth. The additional saliva also helps reduce acidity more quickly.

New Year’s Resolutions That’ll Make You Smile

Did you make any New Year’s resolutions? Many of us do but fail to stick to them for more than a week or two. Instead of making resolutions that are perhaps too ambitious, why not consider resolving to take better care of your teeth and gums this year?

Book a Dental Appointment

If it has been a while since you came to see us here at Casey Dental, make sure you book a dental appointment as it’s the easiest and the best thing you can do to help care for your mouth. It’s especially important to see a dentist if you have any signs or symptoms such as bleeding gums or tooth sensitivity or discomfort.

Commit to Flossing Daily

Regularly brushing won’t remove plaque and food buildup from between your teeth which is why you need to floss every day. If you aren’t in the habit of flossing, the New Year is a great time to start and make sure you put your dental floss somewhere you can remember to use it regularly.

Kick the Tobacco Habit

If you smoke and have already resolved to quit, use improving your oral health as an added incentive. Smokers are at twice the risk of developing gum disease not to mention a whole host of other nasty diseases including oral cancer.

How to Snack Smarter

Some people find regularly snacking helps them maintain better energy levels, and if this applies to you, then it’s worth learning how to snack smarter.

Choose Snacks That Are Rich in Calcium

Many people fail to get enough calcium in their diet, so choosing snacks that are rich in this mineral can be a great way to top up. Good snacks include low-fat yoghurt or almonds. Alternatively mix fresh fruit with cottage cheese for a snack that contains carbohydrate, protein and fat.

Eat More Fruit and Veggies

It can be tricky to eat enough fruit and vegetables throughout the day, so try choosing a crunchy apple or carrot or celery sticks. These can be even tastier when paired with yoghurt or hummus. As a bonus, these fruits and veggies are packed with fibre which has a slight scrubbing action on teeth.

Use Healthy Snacks to Kill Unhealthy Cravings

If you have a lust for something salty, instead of choosing crisps, try shelled edamame which contains lots of protein and fibre and is low in calories. For a sweet treat, mix cocoa powder and honey into a paste and blend with low-fat milk to make a hot chocolate that contains plenty of nutrients and antioxidants and it’s a good source of protein.