PREVENTIVE DENTISTRY - Nutrition and Health
Recent research has found that your dental health isn’t just affected by what you eat. It’s also affected by how often you eat. Every time you eat starchy food, like crackers, bread, cookies, or candy, the bacteria is your mouth feast on it. In turn, they produce acids that attack your teeth for 20 minutes or more. And the more frequently you eat, the more your teeth are exposed to these acids, which can eventually dissolve your tooth enamel. Also, foods that stick to your teeth, like potato chips and dried fruit, as well as food that are slow to dissolve in your mouth, like hard candies and granola bars, give acids more time to work on destroying your tooth enamel.
Another way your diet can affect your dental health is the way you combine your foods. Sticky or starchy foods create less acid in your mouth when they are eaten as part of a meal. Why? Because saliva production increases at meal time, and saliva not only rinses away food particles, but it also neutralizes harmful acids and helps to re-mineralize your teeth, making them more resistant to acid attacks. Also eating foods like nuts, cheese, onions and certain teas has been shown to actually slow down the growth of decay-causing bacteria