The Dangers of Midnight Snacking

A recent dental study has shown that there is a link between night-time eating and early tooth loss. An occasional snack is not going to cause damage to your oral health, but a habit of consuming frequent snacks after your evening meal is correlated with decay and tooth loss. You may expect this to only occur with those snacking with a sweet tooth, but in fact, the study found that it did not matter what type of snacks the participants chose. The issue seems to be that saliva, which removes bacteria and debris in the mouth, dries up at night, and is not there to sweep away the debris when you nosh late at night.

As a preventative measure, be sure brush before bed, then try not to consume anything but water after that final brushing. If you are a frequent (as in at least two times per week) nocturnal eater, mention this to your dental health provider.

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A practicing dentist since 1982, Dr. Gary Imm, provides advanced cosmetic dentistry, including smile makeovers, sedation, implant and TMJ services. He is committed to progressive, extraordinary care for his guests. All Smiles Dental Care trains at least 300 hours each year at such prestigious centers as the Las Vegas Institute of Advanced Dentistry. (LVI)