Every bite you eat not only affects your general health, but also affects your oral health. Stephen P. Lukin, D.D.S.; Mark Lukin, D.D.S.; and Forrest Arguelles, D.D.S.; who offer family dentistry services in Sugar Land, TX, are here to share some important information regarding the way foods and beverages affect your smile.
Sugary foods and beverages lead to tooth decay
Sugar works together with plaque to create the perfect environment for cavities. When you take a bite of a candy bar or sip your favorite soda, sugars combine with the plaque on your teeth to create acids that attack your tooth enamel. Avoiding or restricting sugary treats is an excellent way to reduce your cavity risk. Unfortunately, sugar isn't just found in candy and desserts. Carbohydrates in foods such as bread, crackers, and bagels break down into sugars and can be equally damaging.
Say no to sticky treats
If you can't frequently snack on gummy candies, caramels, taffy and other sticky treats, you may be unknowingly increasing your cavity risk. After you finish a package of gummy treats, tiny specks of those bears remain stuck on your teeth, exposing your teeth to sugar for hours until you finally brush them.
Acidic foods and beverages can weaken teeth
Natural acids aren't the only enemy of your teeth. Acidic foods and beverages, such as lemons, sour candy, and soft drinks, can damage your enamel. One of the worst things you can eat is sour, gummy candy. Not only do these candies stick to your teeth, but they also contain acids that destroy enamel.
Strengthen your teeth with calcium
Eating calcium-rich foods is an excellent way to strengthen your teeth. You'll find calcium in:
- Milk and other dairy products
- Calcium-fortified juices and cereals
Remove plaque the natural way
Brushing and flossing are effective in getting rid of plaque, but you can also take advantage of a few natural plaque removers. Celery, apples, carrots and other crunchy vegetables and fruits help remove bacteria-laden plaque from your mouth and freshen your breath.
Contact Your Sugar Land, TX Dentist
Regular dental exams, in addition to smart food choices, will help keep your teeth healthy. If it's time for your next exam, call Stephen P. Lukin, D.D.S.; Mark Lukin, D.D.S.; and Forrest Arguelles, D.D.S.; and the friendly family dentistry team in Sugar Land, TX, at (281) 265-9000.