Lingering Over The Latte?

Lingering Over The Latte?Oddly enough, adults may share a tooth-decay problem that is normally associated with infants. The common denominator is the behavior of bathing the teeth for long periods in sugary liquids. In the case of babies, "bottle mouth" is the decay that occurs as a result of bathing their teeth in bottle-fed sugary liquids (fruit juices, milk, and formula) as they sleep or latch on to their bottles. Sugar can accumulate more easily in some individuals.

 

In the case of adults, "latte decay" occurs as a result of nursing either lattes or cups of coffee mixed with milk and/or sugar throughout the day. In either case, the constant exposure to sugar provides food for the bacteria (Streptococcus mutans) responsible for metabolizing carbohydrates and sugar into enamel-eating acid.

The best way to prevent the buildup of sugars is through twice daily tooth brushing and flossing and cleaning visits based on a schedule recommended by your dental health care provider. Sugar can accumulate more easily in some individuals, requiring more frequent brushing, and dental visits.

At the office of Richard Seidler, D.D.S. - Family Dentistry, we would like to stress the importance of regular dental checkups. If you would like more information or an appointment, call 972.625.2222. We're located at 5000 Main Street at South Colony Boulevard, Suite 206, The Colony, where we're currently accepting new patients. Most dental insurance accepted.

Did you know?
If you drink a good deal of sugary beverages or snack on carbohydrate-rich foods, you may want to ask the dentist about fluoride rinses.