When you were little, you learned that sugar is bad for your teeth. Your parents taught you to avoid sweets, and you still follow that rule today.
But what’s the connection between the sugary foods you consume and tooth decay? Your High Point, NC general dentist wants you to understand how the two are related because this knowledge helps you make food choices that support excellent oral health.
Why Sugar Leads to Cavities
A sticky biofilm called plaque develops on your teeth throughout the day, and the bacteria in plaque needs carbohydrates (sugar) for food. As the bacteria feed on carbohydrates, they produce acid as a byproduct. If you don’t brush your teeth or rinse your mouth after eating sugary foods, the acid eats away at dental enamel and leads to cavities.
A Guide to Foods That Cause Cavities
You're probably wondering which foods you should be eating for good oral health. Knowledge is power, so here are examples of five different types of foods and their potential for causing decay:
- High Potential: Cake, cookies, hard and soft candy, dried fruits
- Moderate Potential: Soda, fruit juice, breads
- Low Potential: Raw fruits and vegetables, milk
- Very Low Potential: Meat, poultry, fish, fats, oils
It isn't difficult to find foods that maintain a healthy smile. Online research will provide a lot of helpful information, but don’t forget to take advantage of the expertise of your general dentist or hygienist. It’s their job to know how nutrition affects your oral health, so don’t be shy about asking them for dietary tips for you and your family.
Please Call for an Appointment
Dr. Cassidy Bray and his general dentistry team in High Point, NC are always ready to answer your questions and meet with you to review your nutrition and oral health habits. If you find yourself prone to cavities, you may need to make only a few minor tweaks to your diet.
Please call us today to arrange your next dental appointment so we can provide the guidance you need!