How Does Sugar Cause Cavities?
We have heard for decades how sugar causes cavities, but that’s only part of the story. Your Nederland, TX dentist will give you the full scoop on cavity prevention and what foods will support good oral health.
Bacteria Soften Tooth Enamel
When bacteria reproduce, they create an acidic byproduct that softens the enamel of the teeth. The longer sugar stays in the mouth, the more damage it can cause, which is why frequent snacking can also contribute to decay.
Sugar Is One Contributor to Dental Caries
Bacteria reproduce quickly and need an appropriate fuel; sugar is the most readily available source of energy. Sugar comes from a variety of sources, not just soda and gummy bears, which means it might sneak into your family’s diet under the radar.
Sugar in Disguise
Starchy foods are also a readily available energy source for the bacteria that cause cavities. Processed carbohydrates quickly convert to sugar when combined with saliva.
Another problem with sticky candy or starchy foods like bagels, chips, and cereal is that they stick in the deep grooves of the teeth.
Choosing snacks that will contribute to good oral health can also lead to other benefits such as maintaining a healthy weight and receiving the proper nutrition.
- Fruit like apples, pears, and grapes
- Vegetables like carrots, broccoli, and kale
- Low-fat dairy products such as cheese and yogurt
- Whole grains like quinoa, barley, and oats
- Lean protein such as chicken, beans, and tofu
Additional Cavity Prevention Treatments
If you or your children want additional treatments to protect against cavities, we offer both fluoride applications and dental sealants.
- Fluoride strengthens enamel.
- Sealants provide a barrier between bacteria and the teeth.
If you are looking for a Nederland, TX dentist, we invite you to get in touch. We always welcome new patients and look forward to meeting you.