Treat Your Teeth Right: How to Minimise Damage from Sugar

How to treat your teeth properly

It’s easy for the dentist and other health professionals to tell patients to avoid sugar filled fizzy drinks, sweet coated lollies and even ice creams or chocolate syrups. What’s not as easy in everyday life is for us to actually avoid these indulgences all the time. 

Everyone likes to have a little sugary hit now and then. For most people, it is helpful to know and understand how to prevent damage to your teeth if you decide to make a conscious indulgence in a sweet treat occasionally.

Give it Some Time

Surprisingly, brushing those pearly rights immediately after having fizzy drink or other sugary indulgences will actually cause much more damage than offer any help. Who would have known? 

Ideally, you should wait at least an hour before taking a brush and paste to your teeth. After you drink any type of sugary drink, or for that matter any other acid filled beverage, your teeth become softer and easier to damage while cleaning, so it’s double negative for your teeth. 

Additionally, do not brush your teeth after every little drink or snack. The more you brush, the more you wear down your enamel making the teeth weaker and allowing more cavities to form. Use a strong floss, tooth pick, or sugarless gum to help out in between the typical morning and evening cleanings. Your teeth will thank you. 

Use a Straw

Do not think that straws are just for the kids, those handy utensils actually act has a great first defense in keeping your teeth strong and healthy. 

Win genuine gemstone jewellery in gold with She Inspires!
While they will not completely eliminate the negative effect beverages and their sugar addatives have on your teeth, the straws help to push back the liquids into your mouth past the majority of your choppers. Sounds easy enough, right?
Also, it might not look super cool, but it is also healthier for your pearly whites to use a straw when you’re drinking hot coffee. It is not a perfect solution, so do not think that using a straw will prevent all damage. 

Brush or Gargle with Baking Soda

Baking Soda has many benefits, it not only keeps your fridge smelling good, allows biscuits to bake up, but it also can reduce the amount of acid left in your mouth post a sweet or acidic indulgence. 

There are two common ways of using this common household staple to clean your mouth. The first is to simply mix some baking soda with water, and gargle for a few minutes. The second, and more direct approach, is to mix a bit of water and baking soda, apply the paste to a toothbrush and rub on your teeth. With this method, remember to only use a soft bristled tooth brush, and to be gentle. If you push hard, you’re likely to irritate your gums. 

Another huge benefit of baking soda, is it has been proven to lighten teeth as well, so you’re getting a cleaner and whiter mouth at the same time. 

Meet Shoshana

Meet Shoshana

Shoshana Davis is a writer for, a resource for finding a great dentist near you. 

See More Health Related Articles:

See More Health Related Articles:

Healthy Diet Plans to InspireHealthy Diet Plans to InspireWith fad diets going out of fashion and healthy eating lifestyle choices making up look smarter and wiser we explore the options available.

Find free healthy eating recipes online, create your own diet plan and live a happier, healthier, richer life!

Fluid Beauty Tips to Make Your Inner Beauty Shine ThroughFluid Beauty Tips to Make Your Inner Beauty Shine ThroughWell all know the beauty advice to drink 8 glasses of water a day but making it happen isn't always easy, especially if you're not a big fan of water.

The good news is it's the fluid intake that matters and you can get that from a variety of sources. So here are 5 great water alternatives to bring your inner beauty to the fore.

10 Top Tips For Fabulous Nails10 Top Tips For Fabulous NailsWant perfect nails? Find out how with our beauty expert Norlin Mustapha with these top 10 tips for nail care.

It's so much easier to have fab nails than you think!

12 Tips for Coping with Anxiety12 Tips for Coping with AnxietyFinding out what's causing the anxiety is often the key to finding a way through it but also having the life skills for overcoming anxiety.

Here we look at 12 tips for managing anxiety and online resources to for anxiety help so you find a navigable path through rough waters.

Top 10 Ways to Pamper Yourself in Winter with our Beauty TipsTop 10 Ways to Pamper Yourself in Winter with our Beauty TipsIs your skin feeling under the weather these days? All that cold wind, dry air, heating; winter can’t be good for your skin, or can it?

Read on for Trish Koh’s Top 10 Beauty Tips to help you and your skin flourish this winter.

Creating Natural BeautyCreating Natural BeautyThis season's look is all about natural beauty and while it might seem only possible for the youthful 22 year olds the good news is it's open to all of us, irrespective of age because the best natural beauty is the shining through of our inner beauty through good beauty health.

Come find out what's involved in letting your natural beauty shine through today enjoy discovering a completely new and beautiful you.

Increase Your Metabolism Rate and Lose WeightIncrease Your Metabolism Rate and Lose WeightThrow out those useless crash diets and get a head start on losing weight the smart way by increasing your metabolic rate.

Find out how with our useful top 10 tips on boosting your metabolism.

Beauty Advice to Create Youthful Glowing SkinBeauty Advice to Create Youthful Glowing SkinCreating beautiful skin is much more simple than we think, just eating antioxidant foods, drinking antioxidant drinks save us from premature aging and makes us look and feel younger.

Find out what foods are rich in antioxidant vitamins and minerals, where to find delicious healthy recipes to make life easier and the harm free radicals can cause if we let them run wild.

The Value of a Good SleepThe Value of a Good SleepIf you’re not getting enough night sleep or what you’re getting isn’t up to standard, you might be one of millions of people who struggle with falling and staying asleep.

If you’re not waking up feeling refreshed, alert and ready to meet the challenges of the day, here are some tips that might help bring you a good night sleep.

The Secret of Having the Life You've Always WantedThe Secret of Having the Life You've Always WantedIf work has suddenly seemed unbearable and life isn't what you thought it was going to be you're probably in your 30's and looking for a way out.

This is a great time to explore what's important to you and how you want to be living your life. Who knows, you just might end up healthy, wealthy and wise as well as deeply happy. Come explore with us to see what's possible.



Search by Keyword

Search by Keyword

Follow on facebook
Follow on Twitter
Copyright © She Inspires Life Bondi Junction, NSW
2009 - 2017