Sweet treats are hard to resist.
Whether it’s cakes, chocolates, sweets or ice cream, we’re all guilty of occasionally over indulging on our favourite treats. In a recent survey, it was discovered that out of all of the major cities in the UK that Belfast have the sweetest tooth, with over 80% of all residents consuming sweet foods such as cakes and biscuits every day – that’s a diet we can get on board with!
Liverpool and Norwich just missed the top spot with 74% of their population eating a sweet treat on a daily basis. Aberdeen was identified as the city with the lowest intake of treats with only 46% of residents opting for chocolate, cakes and biscuits every day.
Sweet treats are find in moderation!
While it’s completely fine to indulge in goodies now and then, too many can cause health problems, and we don’t mean just gaining a few pounds around the waistline. Too many sweet treats can wreak havoc on our teeth and gums.Too high a sugar intake is the main culprit of tooth decay.
Sugar attacks the enamel of the teeth due to its acidic properties. The more sugar we eat, the more our teeth will suffer. Those of us who are fond of reaching for chocolate or cakes on our tea breaks are more likely to suffer from tooth decay. It is so easy to reach for another biscuit or two or an extra little bit of cake.
Of course, tooth decay is entirely preventable.
Making well informed choices about the snacks we choose will make a difference to our oral health. We should try to limit our sweet snack intake to once a day! We wrote this blog post on the foods that are good of our teeth – take some inspiration from that for better snack choices!
Beat the sugar by brushing.
Maintaining a good dental hygiene routine ensures that damage from sugar is limited. Brushing twice daily for at least two minutes alongside daily flossing will help keep decay at bay. In addition to this, regular visits to the dentist are crucial to make sure your teeth and gums are healthy.
Dentists can spot the initial signs of tooth decay.
You might not feel like you’re having any problems with your teeth. If your teeth don’t feel different or you’re not having pain, they must be fine? Well dentists have the ability to spot even the smallest initial signs of tooth decay allowing them to stop it in it’s tracks. Avoiding the dentist may mean that small indicators of a bigger problem are not spotted and could lead to bigger problems in the future.
Prevention is better than cure.
Here at DefactoDentists, we can help you find you perfect dentist in your area. Simply head to our website and enter your location. Then, browse all of the practices that are close to you. If you want to, you can even filter your search by your desired treatments. Take a look through your options – get to know the practice teams and what they can offer you. Then simply pick the one that suits you best. Finding your perfect dentist has never been easier!