For millions of Americans, stopping for a vanilla latte or frappuccino at Starbucks on the way to work has become as routine as brushing their teeth. And while a daily dose of caffeine may be a non-negotiable requirement for many people, a morning cup of flavored coffee could be packing more than a dose of caffeine.Latte

Like most of the food and drinks Americans consume, an innocent morning coffee drink may be packed with sugar levels that can increase the risk of tooth decay and other health problems in the future. But with regular visits to the dentist, the occasional trip to the barista does not necessarily have to ruin your smile.

Tooth Decay and Gum Disease Prevention and Treatment in South Pasadena, CA

Like the digestive system, the mouth contains bacteria that helps the body to break down and digest the food we eat. When the sugar in the food we eat (or the lattes we drink) interacts with oral bacteria, it produces acids that can solidify the plaque and tartar between the teeth and gums, increasing the risk of cavities and tooth decay.

Although avoiding all sugar would be incredibly difficult, being mindful of the amount of sugar we consume on a daily basis, and limiting overconsumption can help to decrease the risk of tooth decay and general health problems like obesity and diabetes.

Find a Dentist in South Pasadena, CA

Maintaining healthy teeth and gums does not have to mean completely cutting out our favorite food and drinks. Regular dental exams and professional cleanings, in addition to good oral hygiene practices at home, can help to significantly cut the risk of tooth decay and periodontal disease. For more information, contact the office of John Chu, D.M.D. by calling (626) 799-0852 to schedule an appointment with Dr. Chu and Dr. Mary Lin in South Pasadena, CA today.