Why are Some Foods Worse For Your Teeth Than Others?

Jordan Dentistry is sure that you have heard from your parents or Cumming, GA dentist one time or another, “Don’t eat too much sugar or you will get cavities!” How many of you have actually believed this statement? It is true! Did you know that some foods are worse for your teeth and oral health than others? Understanding what makes a particular food a worse choice for your teeth will help you choose wisely! ]

How Can Food Be Bad for Your Smile? 

You have bacteria that live in your mouth, and in order to live they burn sugar. They by product of the bacteria consuming the sugar is the production of an acid that then breaks down the enamel on your teeth which can lead to cavities and tooth decay.

What Makes Food Bad for Your Teeth?

The general rule of thumb is, if it is sticky and sugary, it is not an oral health conscious choice. Also, any drinks that are both acidic and sugar give your mouth a double dosage of the bad stuff. This means things like candy, soda, sweet coffees, and probably most surprisingly saltines. Saltine crackers are made of a highly process carbohydrate that breaks down quickly in your mouth and turns to sugar. Their consistency turns to a mushy, sticky substance that easily get stuck between your teeth – just the formula for inviting cavities into your mouth!

Saliva Solution

Saliva helps to naturally wash the mouth of tiny food particles that may get stuck between your teeth so any medicine that facilitates dry mouth is also not ideal for great oral health. If you must take such medication, there are mouth washes available to help counteract the dry mouth symptoms.

The Simple Solution – Brushing and Flossing!

The simple answer to avoiding poor oral health, cavities, and tooth decay is simple to brush at least twice a day and floss on a regular basis – along with your regular dentists visits to your Cumming, GA dentist! Be sure to brush after you have eaten any foods that may have a higher sticky sugar content.

To schedule your next cleaning, contact Jordan Dentistry in Cumming, GA today and we will help you keep your oral health in tip top shape!

 

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