How to protect your teeth from sticky foods

Consuming sticky foods can be harmful to oral health, but there are some steps you can take to protect your teeth and gums afterwards:

  1. Brush and floss: Brushing and flossing can help remove any food particles and plaque from the teeth and gums. It’s especially important to brush and floss after consuming sticky foods to prevent the sugars from lingering in the mouth and causing tooth decay.

  2. Rinse with water: After consuming sticky foods, rinse your mouth with water to help remove any lingering sugars and debris. Swishing water around your mouth for 30 seconds to a minute can help dislodge food particles and reduce the risk of tooth decay.

  3. Chew sugar-free gum: Chewing sugar-free gum can help stimulate saliva production, which can help neutralize the acids in the mouth and wash away any remaining food particles.

  4. Wait to brush: If you’ve consumed acidic or sugary foods or drinks, it’s best to wait at least 30 minutes before brushing your teeth. This gives your saliva time to neutralize the acids and prevent damage to the tooth enamel.

  5. See your dentist regularly: Regular dental check ups and cleaning can help detect any early signs of tooth decay or gum disease and prevent them from progressing. Your dentist can also recommend additional steps you can take to protect your oral health after consuming sticky foods.