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.
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:
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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