Candy doesn’t cause cavities! Tooth decay started long before candy was around. Researchers think that tooth decay started around the neolithic period when humans switched from hunter-gathers to a focus on agriculture. So if candy doesn’t technically cause cavities, what does?
Humans do the majority of chewing with their molars. Carbohydrates are essential for a balanced diet; however, some carbohydrates stick to the tops and sides of some teeth more than others. When sticky foods get stuck to the teeth, they become food for cavity-causing bacteria.
Food gets broken down into acid by the bacteria. Acid wears on the enamel (the outer layer of your tooth) and causes tooth decay. The ACID produced in the mouth from the bacteria CAN LAST in the mouth for up to A HALF HOUR after you eat. The longer the carbohydrate is in your mouth, the more acid is produced. This means how often you eat can be just as important as what you eat. You can’t out-brush or out floss eating or drinking carbohydrates all day long.
Because carbohydrates are necessary to sustain life, we aren’t suggesting avoid all carbs; however, here are some tips on how to make your food choices work for you:
Here is a nifty snack guide to help better understand your snack choices when it comes to tooth decay:
Although nutrition is a significant factor when it comes to tooth decay, it is still essential to keep up good oral hygiene. Below are some ideas to consider when taking care of those pearly whites:
Dry mouth is also an extreme risk of decay. Saliva helps to buffer and lower the process of acid exposure on teeth. If the mouth is dry and saliva is reduced, it is much more important to clean teeth effectively, use fluoride toothpaste, and avoid high carbohydrate foods.
Our team at Legacy Dental is passionate about providing individuals and families with positive dental experiences. One way we achieve that is by educating our patients on total body health and how oral health and nutrition affect tooth decay.
Our patients come from all over Salt Lake City to receive kind highly-skilled dentistry, including Millcreek, East Millcreek, Holladay, Sugarhouse, Murray, Midvale, South Salt Lake, Sandy, Taylorsville, West Jordan, South Jordan, Riverton, and Herriman.
To learn more about nutrition advice for tooth decay, please contact us at (385) 446-2942 or visit us at www.legacydental.com