Are You a "Grazer?" You Could Be Harming Your Oral Health
Thanks to patient education and public health awareness, more people are seeing the dentist for routine care these days than ever before. So why are caries (cavities) still one of the most prevalent adult dental diseases?
The answer may be found in the fact that there has been a shift in our eating habits in recent years. Specifically, there has been an increase in snacking, a habit which has become commonly known as grazing. An article was recently published in the British Dental Journal, and the results showed that 83 percent of the UK adults surveyed said they consume at least one between-meal snack a day, and 47 percent said they indulge in at least two or more snacks a day.
Could Sugar-Free Gum Be the Answer?
For decades, the standard guidelines for oral hygiene have been to brush twice a day and floss at least once. However, the fact that we're no longer eating just three squares a day indicates that either more frequent brushing or appropriate oral intervention is required. What exactly is “oral intervention?” It may be as simple as chewing a stick of sugar-free gum after you eat.
We call it "intervention" because chewing gum breaks the cycle that leads to oral disease by stimulating saliva flow and neutralizing the plaque and acid that cause decay. In fact, sugarless gum has been shown to be so effective that some brands that have earned the American Dental Association seal of approval!
Call Our Office for More Information
Alpharetta, GA dentist Dr. Kai Liang and our team are always on the lookout for information like this that can help you achieve excellent oral health. If you have questions about your family’s eating habits or any other oral health questions, please don’t hesitate to call Alpharetta Creek Restorative Dentistry!