It happens all the time, you are late for work and skip breakfast at home, so on your way to work you stop to pick up a donut and some coffee. This very common quick fix for breakfast can create havoc on your dental health if not treated properly following the meal.
The sugars in donuts have been identified as a risk factor for periodontal disease and tooth decay. Studies have shown that when comparing the sugars found in plain donuts with sugars found in oatmeal cookies. The studies discovered that the sugars in oatmeal cookies amount to only about 20% of the sugars in plain donuts.
The amount of sugar and cream in your coffee also can have a direct effect on the amount of cavity-causing bacteria. Tannins found in coffee can etch into the pits and grooves of the tooth enamel, producing a rough stained enamel surface.
How to Decrease the Effect of these Sugars on our Dental Health?
-Don’t slowly sip your coffee or pick at that donut throughout the entire morning. When you eat your donut in a timely manner, it limits the exposure time to the sugar bacteria attack.
-Rinse your mouth with water or brush your teeth with fluoride toothpaste immediately after finishing your “breakfast”.
-Reduce the amount of cream and sugar in your coffee.
-Instead of a sugary breakfast, try picking up fruit, yogurt or a cup of oatmeal for your portable morning meal.
Healthy Options for On the Go breakfast
-Yogurt. Yogurt is quick, easy, and very good for you. Be sure to choose a low calorie yogurt as to not overload yourself with calories.
-Wrap. Use whole wheat wraps to make your own breakfast wrap using turkey, eggs, vegetables, or cheese are great for on the go. Quick and easy and very healthy for you.
-Egg Sandwich. Another good option as the protein from the eggs will be filling to tie you over to lunch time.
-Fruit. Make yourself a fruit salad for the week in advance. Easy snack anytime of the day but great in the morning. Always refreshing and nutritious.
Eating on the go is never easy and making the tough choices gets even harder when you are running late. Maintaining your dental hygiene takes a bit of discipline so next time you are running late think twice about that donut and coffee. It just might save you a trip to the dentist with a toothache down the road.
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