Dental Friendly Ingredients

Dental Friendly Ingredients
Posted on 09/18/2017

Hands holding chocolate bars & sugar cubesWith so many sugary treats and chocolates in the market, we understand that it can become increasingly difficult to say "no" to sweets. At the practice of Paul S. Herrin, DDS, we believe that there's no need to completely remove sweets from your life to have great dental health - quite frankly, we know that it's almost impossible to cut out sweets permanently. It's perfectly normal to crave something sugary every now and then as long as you practice moderation and maintain good oral hygiene. As a leader in general, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry, we also know there are negative effects that sugar can have on your health and teeth if you overindulge.

The Negative Effects Of Sugar

Aside from the health problems that sugar can have on your body (ie. diabetes), it can also take a toll on your teeth. One of the most common dental issues that our Florissant dentist has dealt with is cavities. Our mouth contains different strains of bacteria that are both harmful and beneficial to our health. When sugar sticks to our teeth, the bad bacteria creates an acid that breaks down your tooth's enamel, leaving it exposed to sensitivity and decay.

In order to avoid any cavities, Dr. Herrin recommends keeping up with daily oral habits by brushing twice a day and flossing once a day. This will remove any excess sugar left on your teeth and prevent further development of tooth decay.

Healthier Alternatives To Sugar

Having one piece of candy or chocolate will not be detrimental to your overall health; however, if you would like a healthier alternative, here are some ingredients that you can use:

  • Rebaudioside A: This is a sugar alcohol produced by Stevia plant and has been approved by the FDA as a safe food additive - meaning that you can use it in your recipes. Sugar alcohol can't be digested by those harmful bacteria in our mouths, which is great for minimizing tooth decay as opposed to regular sweets.
  • Xylitol and Erythritol: Another type of sugar alcohol which can be commonly found in sugar-free gums. Xylitol may not be the best ingredient to cook with because it can cause digestive discomfort if you consume too much. Erythritol, on the other hand, doesn't have this issue, but it can be pretty expensive to purchase.
  • Fruits: Unsweetened applesauce, bananas, dates, and figs are great sugar substitutes in many recipes. You can create desserts that have the same sweetness as regular sugar, but with the added health benefits. Fruits contain fructose, which is a type of healthy sugar.

Contact Your Florissant & Hazelwood Family Dentist

It is important to maintain good oral hygiene in order to keep your teeth healthy. Our staff and dentist are more than happy to provide you with more tips for a healthier and more beautiful smile. If you are unhappy with how your teeth look and want a faster solution, we offer a wide variety of cosmetic dentistry procedures such as teeth whitening and veneers. Please feel free to give us a call at (314) 921-0070 or fill out our online appointment request form.


  • PAUL S. HERRIN, D.D.S. - 395 Derhake Rd., Florissant, MO 63031 Phone: 314-921-0070 Fax: 314-921-7506

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