Posted on 12/15/2019 by Dr. Frank K. Sioda
|When it comes to protecting your oral health, understanding the role foods and sugars play will help you protect your teeth. If you consume large amounts of sugars, your mouth can take a major toll of damage over time.
Sugar and Its Effects on Your Mouth
When your teeth come in contact with sugar the bacteria in your mouth immediately turns it into an acid or plaque. Sugar is converted the quickest by bacteria. Your mouth has a pH level that is healthy or promotes decay. When you consume different foods, they have different effects on the pH level of your mouth and body.
Drinks like soda or sucking on a piece of candy, they drop your mouths pH level and cause erosion. When you drink water or unsweetened tea. It raises the pH to a healthy level that promotes remineralization. This is the process where saliva is able to bring minerals to refortify your teeth.
Foods Sugar Hides In
It's important to understand that a saltine cracker is, oddly enough, one of the worst foods for your teeth. Bacteria in your mouth thrive on simple carbohydrates like sugar and starch. Instant oatmeal is another great example of food that contains hidden sugar. Pasta sauces that come in a jar and are ready made contain lots of sugar. Check the label for better alternatives.
Smoothies and flavored yogurt are also dosed with sugar. Whole grain bread possesses 3-5 grams of sugar per slice. Granola bars and peanut butter also stick to the teeth while full of sugar. Flavored water can easily fool someone, we have found that some have nearly 30 grams of sugar in a bottle.
If you can view your mouth as an ecosystem you are trying to balance, you can work to keep it at a healthy pH level. Rinse your mouth with water after eating or drinking beverages besides water, it can raise your pH quickly to a healthy level. Chewing sugar free gum after meals can also improve your oral health. For more information or answers to questions, call us today.
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Dr. Frank Sioda
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