Sugar and Aspirin: Myths that Can Affect Your Dental Health

Laughing FriendsOne of the common myths regarding dental health is that sugar causes cavities. Yes, it is indeed a contributing element. But you could rub sugar all over your teeth and leave it for a day without tooth decay if there was no such thing as an oral bacteria called Streptococcus mutans. These bacteria feed on sugar and refined carbohydrates, giving them fuel to produce acid. Your Farmington Hills dentist, Dr. Aziza Askari, will expand more upon this and another dental myth that could actually harm your gums. Read on.

Sugar, Sugar

Regarding sugar and your teeth, should you give up the sweet treat completely? This wouldn’t be a realistic request, even for a dentist. However, you should certainly consider the timing of the sugar you eat. In essence, you can eat an entire king sized candy bar as long as you brush your teeth soon after, but eating a miniature candy bar and not brushing for hours would be much worse for your teeth. It’s all about allowing those S. mutans to have ample time to binge on sucrose. The exception to the brush after sugar rule is when the food or drink you are consuming also has acidic qualities. Since this softens your tooth enamel, you’ll want to rinse with water and wait an hour so brushing won’t damage your teeth.

Aspirin for Toothaches

Grandma’s and elders in families have passed on a “wive’s tale” for years. When you have a toothache, why not put an aspirin directly on the spot where the pain is to get direct relief? The truth: there is only one safe and effective way to use aspirin for pain, and that is to swallow it. Aspirin stops the production of prostaglandins which send pain messages from a sick or injured part of your body to your brain. So if you have a toothache, swallowing aspirin or other approved pain killers should work just fine. But putting aspirin directly on an aching tooth near your gum tissue will not only be less effective at quelling discomfort, but can actually cause a chemical burn to your mouth.

Dental Checkups from Farmington Hills Dentist

If you have any questions about dental facts or myths, discuss them with your Farmington Hills dentist at your next checkup and cleaning. Call your Farmington Hills dentist at (248) 474-6434 to schedule an appointment with 48335 dentist office today. We serve patients from Dearborn, Novi, Livonia, Farmington Hills, and the surrounding Detroit neighborhoods.