Are Sugar-Free Foods Good For Your Teeth? Not So Fast…
There’s no question that chewing sugary candy and gum wages quite an assault on your teeth. The sugar combines with the bacteria in your mouth and forms acid, providing the ideal environment for cavities to form. But what about sugar-free foods? Are they good for your teeth?
Remember, Cheetos are low in sugar content — that doesn’t make them a health food! Sugar-free foods can be a preferable alternative to sugary foods, but that doesn’t mean it’s okay to eat them with reckless abandon. It’s true that sugar-free products do not promote tooth decay, and, in fact, can actually help to prevent cavities. Xylitol, a common ingredient in sugar-free gum, has been found to help fight tooth decay. Some research has shown that xylitol can inhibit the growth of Streptococcus mutans, the oral bacteria that cause cavities.
But beware – sugar-free foods can actually cause other dental problems. Many sugar-free products often contain preservatives and flavors that are highly acidic, thus contributing to erosion of your teeth. Diet soda (just like regular soda) also contains phosphorous and carbonation, which wear away the enamel on your teeth.
So it is true that advertisers can accurately say that sugar-free foods do not cause tooth decay. They could also accurately say their products don’t cause blindness or leprosy…it still does not mean they are healthy for your teeth, and may actually contribute to enamel erosion!
What You Can Do
Overall, it’s probably a good idea to swap out sugared gum with a sugar-free alternative. But don’t assume that “sugar-free” means tooth friendly!
And let’s face it – it’s tough to go wrong with fresh fruits and vegetables, plenty of water, and brushing after every meal and snack!
At Heritage Oak Dental we care about your health! If you have any questions about this or any other dental issues, or would like to make an appointment for a dental exam, cleaning, or consultation, please give us a call at (916) 626-4050. We are here for you!
What Are All on Four Implants?
All on Four implants are a denture alternative that allows our Rocklin patients to replace all of their teeth at one time. The slim, “U” shaped prosthesis looks similar to an extended dental bridge, and it’s anchored directly onto just four implant roots.
How can four implants support an entire arch of teeth? It’s easy, really. Implants are extremely strong. They can even support more weight than a healthy tooth. When placed in precise points throughout the jaw, as few as four implants total can support an entire arch of teeth.
Your new teeth free up the space in the roof of your mouth that a conventional denture would otherwise take up. This makes your All on Four implants look, feel, and function more like natural teeth. In fact, you don’t even have to take them out at night to keep them clean!
What if I’m Not a Candidate for Implants?
Perhaps you’ve seen a dentist in the past who told you that you weren’t a candidate for implants. Fortunately, 3D placement may change that. When combined with other therapies like sinus lifts and bone augmentation, our Rocklin implant dentist is able to make All on Four a reality for more people than ever.
If you need additional stability, the implant teeth can even be affixed onto 6 or 8 implants!
Computer Guided Same Day Treatments
At Heritage Oak Dental, we implement modern technology like our in-house cone beam scanner to facilitate same day implant placement. This computer guided process pinpoints the best areas for implants to be delivered, so that you can benefit from greater stability and a faster recovery time.
Once the four implants are surgically placed into the bone, we deliver an immediate prosthesis over them so that you never have to go without teeth.
Are implant supported dentures or same day implants right for you? Call Heritage Oak Dental in Rocklin and schedule a complimentary consultation to find out. Financing plans are available.