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Breakfast on the Go Could Be Harming Your Dental Health

Posted on 3/15/2016 by Jonathan Woodyard
A plate of pancakes with fruit making a friendly smile.Do you have a busy morning and often find yourself grabbing something for breakfast to eat in the car?

Or do you stop at a drive thru on your way to work to get something hot and fast? If this sounds like you, chances are pretty good that you're not choosing the healthiest of options. Grabbing a donut and coffee is one of the most common combinations, and the sugars found in these items are a significant risk factor for gum disease.

Ideally in order to prevent this problem you would forgo your coffee and donut in favor of a well-balanced breakfast at home, but we don't live in a perfect world. So, if you do grab a sugary breakfast while you are on the run, it is important that you take steps to keep your teeth safe.

Eat your donut and drink your coffee all at one time rather than nursing it throughout the day, as this will limit the amount of time that your teeth are exposed to sugars and bacteria. After you eat your breakfast, make sure that you rinse out your mouth with water. If you have access to a toothbrush, make sure that you are brushing with fluoride toothpaste.

There are also healthy portable options that you can choose instead of sugary donuts and coffee loaded down with cream. An egg sandwich is a great option, as you'll get a protein boost that can keep you feeling full until lunch.

Low calorie yogurt can be a good option, and a fruit salad that you put together the night before is a nutritious way to fuel up in the morning. Choosing a healthier option will reduce the risk of damage to your teeth, and you'll also feel much more energetic as you go about your morning.

Please contact us if you have any questions about sugars affect on your oral health.


Woodyard Dental Care, PSC

Dr. Jonathan Woodyard, DMD

3235 Olivet Church Road
Paducah, KY 42001



Phone: (270) 408-1321

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