Is it the Food’s Fault? Top Causes of Tooth Decay
Posted on August 22, 2016
Everyone knows there is a link between what we eat, and tooth decay. While genetics or trauma may predispose teeth and gums to one end of the spectrum or the other, we can control the foods we put in our mouths. If you’ve ever wondered for the details of how it works exactly, the Sunlight Dental Group of Pearland, TX has provided the basics on the top causes of tooth decay.
It’s the food’s fault… Right?
Candy and sugary drinks are not the only culprits when it comes to cavities and tooth decay. Fruits, juices, crackers, and plenty snack foods are instigators, too. The severity and decay have as much to do with the particles left in your mouth, as it does the particles’ composition. For children especially, foods we’d never imagine to cause decay, can lead to cavities and other issues due simply to the duration they remain in the child’s mouth.
How does it work?
You may be surprised to learn – sugar is not the enemy of our teeth. Acid, created when sugar comes in contact with plaque, destroys the teeth for many minutes. Over time, the acid creates a hole in the tooth and therefore, tooth decay. If the hole isn’t reached by brushing or is left unattended, the hole increases. A cavity develops.
PR Newswire explains time’s importance when considering what and how we are eating. “Spending 10 minutes eating a small piece of cake is much better for your teeth than sipping on a sugary drink for three hours.” Once a cavity exists, however, or if you are experiencing tooth pain signaling tooth decay, contact a professional. Take advantage of the services rendered by those whose priority, is your smile.
What can I do?
Eliminating sugar completely is not necessary, however a healthy dental routine and intentional good-for-your-teeth foods will benefit. Crunchy foods like broccoli, carrots, and apples, contain plenty of water with lower sugar amounts. Because of the crunch, they trigger saliva and agent to dislodge harmful particles, keeping them from camping out in your teeth.
If you’re experiencing tooth decay or have a history of cavities, please contact us. Perhaps a simple diet change, whether it be your habits, food choice, or timing, will eliminate the decay before it starts. If this is your first visit to Sunlight Dental, you will find new patient forms here. We look forward to serving you soon.