Reducing the amount of sugar in your diet means the bacteria in your mouth have less food, produce less acid, destroy less tooth structure.  Sugary drinks consumed over the course of the morning , like sweetened coffee, do the most damage because the saliva never has a chance to wash away the acid on the teeth before another sip is taken and more acid gets produced. Soda pop usually has acid already present in the formula and high acid content sodas like Mountain Dew are particularly destructive.  Juice contains a lot of sugar and orange juice has a high acid content. Sour candy, sticky candies, cough drops all should virtually be eliminated from the diet.

Brushing the teeth twice a day for two minutes and daily flossing reduce the number of bacteria present in the mouth by disrupting the highly organized matrix they live in.

Visiting the dentist twice a year can catch problems early before they become expensive and/or painful. Call Dr. Nadine Hutchins at 970-242-7373.