Why “Sugar-Free” May Not Benefit Your Oral Health

Why “Sugar-Free” May Not Benefit Your Oral Health

Oftentimes, when people make the decision to eat healthier, one of the first things they cut out of their diet is sugar. After all, sugar provides excess calories and is damaging to the teeth. However, while sugar-free foods may be beneficial to a person watching their waistline, they could be detrimental to oral health. The professionals at Comfort Care Dental want to help keep their patients in Calgary, AB informed on the best practices for maintaining a healthy mouth.

What packaging means when it says “sugar-free”

Food packaging that says “sugar-free” may be telling the truth in that the product contains no actual added sugar, but there may be alternative ingredients to provide sweetness, such as artificial sweeteners or sugar alternatives. Depending on what ingredient is used, they can be just as detrimental to oral health as normal sugar is.

How alternative sugars affect teeth

Artificial sweeteners basically act the same way in the mouth as true sugar does – by leaving a sticky, acidic film called plaque that contains harmful bacteria that damage the tooth enamel. An added threat of “sugar-free” treats is that people may be more inclined to consume larger quantities of them because they are perceived as “healthier.” This can be even more damaging to the teeth. Even foods that have been sweetened with fruits can be harmful as they can contain higher quantities of citric and phosphoric acid, which can weaken the tooth enamel.

Repairing sugar damage

If you have been affected by sugar damage in Calgary, AB, it is important to have it treated promptly. Comfort Care Dental offers several restorative dentistry services such as fillings to quickly reverse damage and prevent further issues with the teeth or gums. Leaving oral health issues untreated, on the other hand, can allow them to become more serious and require more advanced, and possibly more invasive, treatments.

Preventing oral health concerns

This post isn’t meant to scare you away from indulging your sweet tooth (though snacking should be limited). The key to maintaining healthy teeth and gums while eating your favorite foods is to brush and floss every day to keep the teeth clean and to visit your dentist at Comfort Care Dental twice a year for an exam and cleaning.

We are opening with changes to keep you safe!

We are looking forward to seeing each and every one of you, very soon! We will be opening our clinic for all your dental care needs on June 1st. Until then, we are still available for any emergency and urgent dental care you may require.

Our office will have a number of changes designed around giving you a safe, efficient and comfortable experience.

Here’s what to expect:

To book an appointment, please follow the steps below:

Call the office line:

Be prepared to answer the following questions;

  • Have you experienced a fever, cough, runny nose or difficulty breathing in the last two weeks, as we will need to know prior to booking?
  • Have you travelled outside of Alberta within the last 14 days?
  • Have you been diagnosed with covid19 or come in contact with a known covid 19 case?

What we will need from you:

  • Please arrive 15 minutes prior to your appointment and be patient as we follow rigorous and mandated Covid 19 protocols including a health screening prior to your appointment. Please sanitize your hands when you arrive.
  • Please come to your appointment wearing a mask.
  • Be prepared for us to take your temperature at the time of your visit using a no-contact thermometer
  • Be prepared to fill out a covid health questionnaire and consent for treatment form when you arrive.
  • If you have changes to your insurance, please call the office ahead of time to update this information.

Waiting Room:

  • Accompaniment of patients will be limited to one essential caregiver and one parent of minors; all others will be asked to wait in their vehicle outside the clinic.

What the clinic is doing to ensure your safety:

  • Enhanced cleaning methods with approved sanitization products
  • Hand Sanitization station-please sanitize your hands when you arrive
  • Staggered appointment times to allow for cleaning in between patients
  • Plexiglas barrier at the front desk to minimize exposure between staff and patient.
  • Tap payments (no cash payments will be accepted at this time)
  • All team members will be pre-screened before and when they arrive to work to ensure they are healthy to work. Any team member that does not pass the screening will be asked to go home. We are doing this to ensure we are keeping you and all our team members safe. All team members will be wearing the appropriate PPE at all times and employing high standards of hand hygiene and infection control
  • All service personnel and couriers will be screened and asked to sanitize when they arrive and all deliveries will be sprayed and stored to sanitize before handling

The above changes may take some time to get used to and may seem overwhelming, but we are making them because the health of our patients and staff remains our top priority.

Thank you for your patience and understanding. We look forward to seeing you and appreciate your support to help maintain a safe environment in our clinic.

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