Sugar is the main cause of dental decay when there are bacteria present. Moresignificant than the amount of sugar you eat is the frequency of consumption.
Probably the worst thing you can do to your teeth is to drink a soda andhave a sip every few minutes over a long period of time;the same is true forsnacking. It is recommended that if you want to have a snack or soda or juice itis better to have it after food, as dessert, or have it in one sitting. Eatingor drinking something sweet over an extended period of time creates a constantsupply of sugar for bacteria that causes tooth decay!
It is important to be aware of all the sources of sugar that are out there.It is not just everything that is sweet, but anything that can turn to sugarlike pieces of bread. Cutting down your sugar intake is good for cavityprevention, as well as your general health.
But what about when you have to have sugar? The best way to avoid cavitiesis to prevent the sugar from staying next to your teeth. Brushing after eatingsugar, rinsing your mouth with Fluoride mouth wash, or chewing sugarless gum canhelp. However, nothing has the effect of avoiding sugar!
Is there any kind of food that prevents tooth decay? Well, not really. Somepeople believed that chewing foods like apples and carrots may have some plaqueremoval effect, but they still contain some sugar so any advantage is not clear.
Another group of food that causes significant damage to teeth structure isacidic foods. If in frequent contact with teeth, things like lime, lemon, andgrapefruit can cause serious irreversible damage (erosion) to your teeth.
If you have any questions about diet and dental healthand you live in or around New York, give us a call today!
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