Tips to Reduce Sugar Intake 

Did you know that eating sugary foods can make your body crave it? Additionally, regularly eating sugar can cause many health problems- including tooth decay and gum damage. Here at Snow Family Dentistry, we often see teeth that have been damaged by eating too much sugar, and it can be a difficult issue to fix. 

How Much Sugar is Too Much?

The recommended daily sugar allowance is 10-14 teaspoons of sugar; however, most people go over this amount every day. To check how much sugar you are consuming, click here!  

Snow Family Dentistry Tips on How to Beat Sugar Cravings

Eating sugar releases endorphins that make us feel calmer, creating a natural boost while also giving you a short term energy boost and a dose of serotonin. This means that we feel like it’s doing us good, while it is actually depleting the body and setting us up for an energy crash that will leave us feeling that we need more sugar.

 To avoid falling into these sugar cravings, try the following Snow Family Dentistry tips:

Cut Out All Sugar

Cutting out sugar altogether is a pretty challenging idea for most of us, but it could re-set your body’s cravings by adjusting your taste buds. Most people find that just cutting out sugar for a few weeks, or a month, can help them get control of their cravings. If you try this option, you may experience withdrawal symptoms in the first few days, especially if you consume a lot of sugar. Just be prepared for headaches and frustration as your body begins to detox.

Lower Your Sugar Intake

If you tend to overeat sugary treats, you may be able to cut down on the amount of sugar you consume by eating just a little of the thing you want each time. Try having a couple of squares of chocolate instead of a full bar. This will give you the sweet taste you crave will also helping you to control the amount of sugar you are eating. As a result, this will reduce the damage sustained by your teeth and gums as well.

Substitute Foods 

When you really want sugar, try to substitute it with something healthier. For instance, fruit is naturally sweet, and is a great snack to substitute for other sugary treats. 

Chew Gum

Chewing gum can help reduce cravings, while also distracting you from the sugary foods you want to eat. At Snow Family Dentistry, we recommend carrying sugar free chewing gum with you to chew when you feel a craving coming on.

Why Choose Snow Family Dentistry 

At Snow Family Dentistry, we know that It isn’t easy to give up sugary treats; however, we hope these tips will help you reduce your intake! 

Think you need a checkup or a cleaning? We would love to work with you! Click here to schedule an appointment with us today!

Pregnancy Dental Health Tips

Being pregnant actually requires a lot of sacrifice. For instance, during this time, a mom-to-be can get so focused on making everything perfect for her little one that she can neglect her own health. However, a pregnant woman who cares for herself is also caring for her unborn child—that’s especially true when it comes to oral health.

Contributors to Declining Tooth and Gum Health

It’s common for a pregnant woman’s tooth and gum health to decline during pregnancy due to a multitude of reasons, including: 

Fatigue

Pregnant women often experience fatigue or exhaustion. As a result, routine nighttime brushing and flossing can get skipped, in addition to regular dental visits. This can lead to plaque and bacteria build-up which may lead to tooth decay.

Hormonal Changes

During pregnancy, changing hormones can cause pregnancy gingivitis, irritated gums that bleed because they are inflamed. Untreated gingivitis can lead to periodontitis, a more serious form of gum disease that includes bone loss. Research also suggests a link between babies born at a lower birth weight and gingivitis. 

Morning Sickness

Vomiting causes stomach acid to get into the mouth, which weakens tooth enamel. This puts pregnant women at a greater risk for cavities.

Cravings

Eating more often during pregnancy is common, but frequent snacking (especially on sugary or starchy foods) puts teeth in constant contact with acid. As mentioned above, this can weaken the tooth enamel.  

Prenatal Vitamins

Expecting women consume prenatal vitamins that contain folic acid to support their babies’ health during pregnancy. However, chewy or gummy vitamins stick on the teeth and most contain sugar that can damage teeth. To avoid this, we recommend choosing a vitamin that is in pill form. 

How Dental Hygiene Can Affect Your Baby’s Health 

When a pregnant woman has excessive bacteria growth in her mouth, it can enter the bloodstream through her gums and travel to the uterus. This can trigger the production of chemicals called prostaglandin, which may result in premature labor. 

Additionally, after the baby arrives, a mother can potentially pass her bacteria on to her newborn. Therefore, a mother who has a lot of bacteria in her mouth may pass that bacteria to her newborn.

How to Avoid Complications

Expectant mothers who brush their teeth thoroughly can reduce the risk of suffering dangerous complications in pregnancy. At Snow Family Dentistry, we suggest brushing with fluoride toothpaste at least twice a day, and after each meal when possible. You also should floss each day.

Additionally, we recommend getting frequent checkups and cleanings during your pregnancy to help control plaque and prevent gingivitis. 

If you’re an expecting mother-to-be and need to schedule a checkup, please click here!. 

What Causes Tooth Enamel Loss and How to Prevent It 

Tooth enamel is the hard, outer surface layer of your teeth that protects against tooth decay. Additionally, tooth enamel is considered to be the hardest mineral substance in your body. Acids that develop from starchy and sugary foods and drinks can put your enamel at risk. This occurs when plaque bacteria produce acids that can weaken and destroy tooth enamel; acids can attack and soften the tooth surface. Unfortunately, once your enamel is gone, it cannot be restored. 

What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Tooth Enamel Loss?

Some possible signs of tooth enamel damage include:

  • Discoloration: Yellow or shiny teeth 
  • Sensitivity: Increased sensitivity to hot, cold, or sweet foods 
  • Texture: Roughness around the edges of your teeth

Causes of Enamel Loss


Stomach acid is one of the most possible causes of tooth enamel erosion. Conditions that promote this problem include:

  • Bulimia
  • Acid Reflux
  • Binge Drinking (Frequent bouts of binge drinking lead to vomiting, which causes acid to break down your teeth) 

Snow Family Dentistry Tips That Can Help Protect Tooth Enamel 

Use Specialized Toothpaste

Try brushing with a toothpaste like Crest Gum & Enamel Repair. It neutralizes plaque and bacteria along the gum line and is proven to help repair weakened enamel. 

Avoid Sugary Drinks and Food

As mentioned above, sugary foods and drinks can cause plaque build up on your teeth. This causes acid to break down your tooth enamel overtime. If you do indulge in a sugary treat, make sure your brush your teeth before you go to sleep. 

Use a Fluoride Mouthwash

By adding a fluoride mouthwash to your routine, you can protect your teeth against cavities in hard-to-reach areas, and help neutralize that plaque bacteria in your mouth that can weaken enamel. 

Brush and Floss Regularly

We recommend brushing your teeth at least twice a day, along with daily flossing, to help promote oral health. 

Why Choose Snow Family Dentistry 

At Snow Family Dentistry, we can help you achieve your perfect smile! From regular checkups, to teeth whitening– we will work to keep your teeth healthy and bright! To schedule a free consultation with us today, please click here!