It should come as no surprise that the foods you eat have a direct impact on your dental health, but do you know why that is? If you understand what plaque is, how it thrives, and the damage it can cause for your teeth, you’re probably somewhat aware of which foods better or worse for your dental health. If you’re less familiar with plaque and the foods that can contribute to it, this blog should clear things up and give you a solid understanding of the best and worst foods for your dental health.
Plaque is a thin and sticky film of bacteria that coat the outside of our teeth. When we eat sugary or starchy foods, we are essentially feeding the bacteria, creating more and thicker plaque buildup. In combination with that, when these sugars and starches react with the plaque inside our mouths, acid forms as well, which erodes the enamel of our teeth over time.
Foods you’ll want to avoid are high in sugars and starches, which in addition to causing immediate enamel erosion can stick to and between teeth for long periods of time, leading to prolonged exposure to damage-causing plaque.
The foods to avoid are:
Foods that are good for your teeth are ones that either fight plaque buildup or generate saliva, which counteracts the effects of sugars and acids on enamel.
Foods like these are:
Remember, the foods you eat have a significant impact on whether or not you develop cavities. Make sure you brush and floss at least twice a day, as well as any time you notice sugary or starchy foods like candy or bread between your teeth.
While we gladly provide emergency dentistry for residents of Bala Cynwyd, PA, and the surrounding areas, we’d like to prevent these situations from arising when we can. If you notice a cavity start to form, or if you have dental anxiety and want a dentist in Philadelphia that can help, call Wynnewood Dental Arts for an appointment today.