We all know that sugar is bad for teeth. It’s probably one of the first nutritional facts you learned, and, even though you may not understand why it’s harmful, it’s a rule you still live by today.
How Sugar Affects Your Oral Health
As you go through your day, food particles, saliva, and bacteria build upon your teeth and form a biofilm we call plaque. The bacteria in plaque needs to consume carbohydrates for food, and as it does, it produces acid. Brushing, flossing, and rinsing all interrupt this process and help prevent the acid from eating away at your dental enamel and causing cavities.
Bacteria thrive on carbohydrates like table sugar because they break down quickly. Fructose, lactose, and glucose also support bacterial growth.
Different Foods and Their Risk for Cavities
Now you have an idea how sugar-laden foods put you at risk for cavities, and you’re probably wondering which foods to avoid and which foods support good oral health. Here are five different types of foods and their cavity-causing potential:
- High: Hard and soft candy, Cake, cookies, and dried fruits
- Moderate: Fruit juice, soda, bread
- Low: Raw fruits and vegetables, milk
- Very Low: Meat, poultry, fish, fats, oils
It’s easy to keep your smile healthy when you know the foods that are most beneficial. You can learn a lot about cavity-causing foods online, but don’t overlook the expertise of your dentist or hygienist. Their job is to know how nutrition affects your oral health and provide you with the information you need to make better choices.
Please Call for an Appointment
If you are looking for a dentist in Vienna who takes the time to explain all aspects of your dental care to you, please call Tysons Dentistry. Dr. Ardalan Sanati and Dr. Shohreh Shahram are always available to meet with you and answer your questions about nutrition or anything else that concerns you. Call us today so we can provide you with the guidance you need to achieve optimal oral health.