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Minor Dietary Changes Can Alter Your Risk of Oral Health Problems
Posted on 7/27/2020 by Dr. Christianne Lee
It probably comes as no surprise that the food you put into your mouth can affect the health of your mouth. Your pediatric dentist might have reminded you, more than once maybe, about how sugary candy can cause cavities. Of course, sugar is not the only troublemaker, as far as foods and your mouth are concerned. Fortunately, it only takes minor changes to ensure you are eating foods that lower any risk of developing oral health problems.
Sugar is no doubt one of the primary risks to your oral health. Sugar reacts with the bacteria that already exists in your mouth to form acids that then eat cavities into your teeth. But it's just not all the sugar in your favorite café mocha or soda pop that does the damage. The sugars in fruits, juices, bread, and starches, among others, also will wreak havoc on your teeth and gums if you let them. Fruit juices and wine are also high in acid that can wear the enamel off your teeth.
Something to Chew On
Along with sugars and acids, the texture and consistency of the food can create their own risks to your oral health. It may be easy enough to avoid sticky, chewy foods like caramel candies and taffy that can easily get stuck between your teeth. But starchy foods like bread and potatoes can also get stuck in your teeth and, if not properly brushed away, may calcify. Also avoid hard candies and chewing on ice – doing so risks cracking a tooth.
With minor changes to your diet, you can make major changes to your oral health. Even simply cutting down on your usual consumption of these foods will make a difference. If you have questions about which foods to avoid, don't hesitate to give us a call.
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