Everything You Need To Know About Wearing Dentures

Everything You Need To Know About Wearing Dentures

It's Not Just Junk Food: How Simple Carbs Cause Cavities And What You Can Do About It

Noah Harrison

It's a commonly held thought: "All that sugar will give you cavities!" But in this day and age of modern dental care, fluoride in toothpaste and mouthwash and preventive techniques starting in early childhood, does eating a moderate amount of sugar still impact kids' dental health?

To start, let's talk about how cavities happen. Bacteria that is naturally present in your mouth increases and produces acids that weaken tooth enamel. Once the enamel is thin, more acid can take it way completely -- and that's when cavities, also called dental caries, occur. That problem-causing bacteria? It needs food, which comes in the form of sweet or sticky bits of food that you eat.

What Foods Cause Problems?

It's not just cookies and soda that feed bacteria. Anything that breaks down into simple sugars -- any simple carbohydrates, like bread, cereal and fruit -- can help oral bacteria to make the acids that lead to decay. There are some things that are worse than others, though.

The best:

  • Sugar free candies and gum. These can stimulate saliva and actually wash away bacteria.
  • Cheese. This helps reduce bacterial growth in the mouth.
  • Fruit. The fiber and nutrients in fruit help slow the body's processing of the sugars it contains.

The worst:

  • Anything that's sugary and chewy. Fruit snacks, gummy bears and even dried fruit more easily get stuck in the teeth where saliva can't wash it away.
  • Sour candies. These actually contain more acid than regular candies and help the bacteria break down tooth enamel.
  • Soda. This sugary beverage has few redeeming qualities. It can lead to obesity and a host of other diseases besides dental issues.

How to Prevent Cavities After Eating

Because we can't always brush, floss and use a fluoride mouthwash every time we eat, here are some tips for reducing cavities based on the foods we, and our kids, consume:

  • Rinse after eating. If you can swish some water around your mouth, you're more likely to dislodge bits of food that remain between teeth.
  • Do regularly brush and practice other good dental hygiene. You can't do it every time, but you need to do it a couple times each day without fail.
  • Apply sealant. Many children have teeth with grooves and uneven surfaces. A dentist can put on a thin coat of a plastic sealant that will prevent bacteria from eating through the tooth enamel. The U.S. Surgeon General says that sealants can reduce decay in kids by more than 70 percent.

Talk to a dentist, like those at Southridge Dental, about other ways you can keep your kids' -- and your own -- teeth healthy and free of bacterial decay and cavities.


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Everything You Need To Know About Wearing Dentures

My teeth weren't in very good shape and they were painful, so I decided to get dentures. After having my remaining teeth extracted, I visited the denture clinic. The dentist made an impression of my mouth and sent the results to the lab so my dentures could be made. I'm very pleased with the outcome and my mouth isn't painful anymore. Hello readers, my name is Greta Hopkins and even though I've never blogged before, I just had to tell everyone about my experience with dentures. When you read my blog, you'll learn all about the process of getting them and some tips to follow to help you adjust to wearing fake teeth. I'm grateful for my dentures and it's my wish that you have a wonderful experience with yours too. I hope that reading my blog will educate you about wearing them.