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Sticky foods: What do I do if they get on my teeth?

We all like to enjoy eating. We can say that it is one of the great pleasures of life, right? The inconvenience arises when problems begin to appear that did not exist before. One of those situations is when we eat sticky foods that can be harmful to our mouth and gums.

At Advance we are at your disposal to help you with everything you need. As a dental institute, we have had the immense fortune of helping each and every one of the patients who have passed through our practice in a professional manner. For our team, your oral health will always come first. For this reason, we do not hesitate to bet on the most innovative treatments and the latest technology in all our procedures.

One aspect to keep in mind is that sticky foods are with us throughout the year, but at Christmas they multiply. Now that we are entering the end of the year festivities, it is our responsibility to be extremely vigilant and responsible with these types of ingredients.

Sticky foods, their danger and what we can do
What can we consider as sticky foods? Well, there are several examples:

  • toffee
  • nougat
  • soft candies
  • dehydrated fruits
  • Raisins
  • sweets and trinkets


But, really, are they as dangerous as we say? What is the risk they pose to our teeth and gums? First of all, as you can see, most of them are foods with several things in common, the main one being the high presence of sugar among their components. For this fact alone, they already favor the appearance of cavities in our teeth. Therefore, the first thing we will have to do is ration its consumption and be aware of the importance of proper cleaning afterwards.

But the thing does not end there. When we eat sticky foods, it also often happens that they can get stuck to our teeth and gums. How to act in these cases? Well, it is recommended, for example, to rinse with a glass of water always after eating them. In this way, we will withdraw, if not all, a large part. Next, we must worry about brushing our teeth, and must also use dental floss. Our objective will be to eliminate every last remnant. Otherwise, it can be an open door for all kinds of cavities and infections.

Lastly, if you are very fond of this kind of food, it will not hurt to go to your specialist once or twice a year for a professional cleaning and a periodic review. It is, without a doubt, the best way to ensure perfect health for your teeth and gums.


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