Dental Health and Your Diet
Sugar is the main cause of dental decay when there are bacteria present. More significant is the frequency of consumption. Eating or drinking something sweet over an extended period of time creates a constant supply of sugar for bacteria that can cause tooth decay.
It is important to be aware of sources of sugar in your diet. Not all sugary foods are sweet. Bread, crackers, chips, and other snacks can process into sugar while in the mouth. Cutting down your sugar is better for your teeth and for your health in general. If you want to have a snack or soda or juice it is better to have it in one sitting, usually after food, as dessert. Frequently drinking soda and eating sugary snacks is discouraged.
The best way to avoid cavities is to prevent the sugar from staying next to your teeth. The most effective approach is to avoid sugar. Brushing after eating sugar, rinsing your mouth with Fluoride mouth wash, or chewing sugarless gum can help.
Another group of food that causes significant damage to teeth structure is acidic foods. If in frequent contact with teeth, things like lime, lemon, and grapefruit can cause serious irreversible damage (erosion) to your teeth.
If you live in or around Irvine don’t hesitate to call us with your oral health questions.