Cavities are tiny holes in the enamel of your teeth. They come about as a result of acids degrading the enamel. These acids are produced by bacteria in the mouth that feed off of sugar. When these bacteria consume sugar, they create acid as a byproduct.
For the most part, everyone knows that sugary substances are a key contributor to cavities. What many might not be aware of, however, is the fact that snacking can also lead to cavities.
Processed sugars like those found in candy are not the only culprits when it comes to cavities. Carbohydrates also contain sugar. That means that when you snack on grains or any food containing carbs, you expose yourself to the cycle of tooth decay.
Therefore, snacking often increases the risk of cavities.
We probably don’t have to tell you that snacking less often might be wise. In addition to snacking less, however, you can choose foods that are beneficial to your teeth. This includes foods that are lower in sugar, less acidic, and help to either strengthen the enamel or remove lodged food particles.
When it comes to diet and oral health, what you eat as well as how often you eat can make a big difference. The moment you begin eating something, changes in your mouth start taking place.
There are a number of ways to make sure you do all you can to stop the snacking habits that can lead to cavities.
Some people prefer to have a “meal-prep” plan ready before they begin their day. This could include having some or all of your meals pre-prepared for the day, or simply planning what you are going to do for food. This method ensures that you won’t be eating spontaneous snacks as often.
Furthermore, certain foods and beverages are better choices than others when it comes to your teeth’s health.
Milk, water, and unsweetened tea are good beverage choices. Sugary drinks such as soda and coffee or tea with added sugar should be avoided as much as possible. Lemonade is particularly troublesome as it’s high in both sugar and acid.
Limiting consumption of citrus is also a good idea. Citrus fruits have a lower Ph than most other fruits, meaning their contents are more acidic. This adds further strain to your teeth and their sensitive enamel. As an alternative, consider firm, crunchier fruits such as apples and pears.
Preventive dentistry is another crucial aspect of preventing cavities. Not practicing regular oral hygiene habits is a major cause of the most common oral health problems. Periodontal disease (gum disease), cavities, loss of teeth, and more can all be made much less likely to occur with good preventative dentistry.
McBride Dental will help with all your oral health needs. Contact us today to schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael McBride, one of California’s most experienced and renowned dental professionals.