Healthy Eating and Tooth Decay
When it comes to oral hygiene, most people understand they need to brush and floss daily, whether they actually do or not. Of course, there’s more to it than that. One of the major culprits behind tooth decay, as WebMD points out, is actually sitting in front of you on your plate. Poor diets are always a risky endeavor, but your mouth may pay the biggest price.
Plaque is an omnipresent substance in your mouth. This clear, sticky substance is constantly forming on your gums and teeth. It also contains bacteria that would love nothing more than to chew through every tooth in your mouth. In order to survive, however, this bacteria needs sugar from the foods you eat. Doing so creates acid as a byproduct, and this is the substance that begins ripping through your enamel on the way to your teeth. After feeding on sugar, the acid can go to work for up to 20 minutes.
So there are some obvious culprits to stay away from. Obviously, sugary drinks and candy are an issue. Sticky candy is especially bad because it has an even easier time hanging around your mouth and feeding the bacteria.
However, starchy foods like bread and pasta are high in sugar, too. Unfortunately, many people choose these foods because they’re supposed to be good for the body, but they forget all about their mouths.
You can do yourself a favor by brushing and flossing after each meal. Antibacterial mouthwash is a good idea, too. This will kill off the bacteria before they get a chance at your teeth.
WebMD also acknowledges all kinds of foods that are quite good for your teeth, too. These include:
- Chicken and Other Meats
These and other foods that are either high in phosphorous or calcium are supposed to be good for the enamel that protects your teeth.
If you need help with dietary recommendations or simply want to make sure you’re not already at risk of tooth decay, Dr. Mack Jafari can help. He understands that cleaning your teeth is just part of the battle.