It is common knowledge that sugar causes tooth decay and cavities. But it was not always the case. In fact when the ancient Greek philosopher Aristotle first suggested that eating sugary foods like soft figs can cause tooth decay, the idea was rejected and nobody believed him.
But as science progressed, research proved that sugar in fact does actually cause cavities and tooth decay. This article discusses the list of sugary foods that cause cavities and how to prevent it.
How do we get cavities?
Our mouth is full of many different kinds of bacteria. Some are beneficial while others are harmful for dental health. Studies show that this one group of harmful bacteria when comes in contact with sugar produce acids that are detrimental for the dental health.
The acid produced effects the outer most shine layer of the teeth, which is also called Enamel. Over time, the process of destroying the enamel which is also called Demineralization can cause cavities. Cavities are holes in the teeth which if not treated can get deeper into the roots and destroy the teeth or even cause tooth loss.
Drinking sugary drinks:
Sugar is a very big cause of tooth decay and cavities. One study showed that children who ate sugary sweets and potato chips were more likely to develop cavities compared to children who did not eat those. Sugar is generally very dangerous for dental health.
Sugary drinksespecially can lead to tooth decay and cavities.Sugary drinks like juices, soda, sports drinks, and energy drinksare the biggest source of liquid sugar.These sugary drinks also contain acids that are dangerous for the teeth.One big study in Finland found that drinking 1 or 2 sugary drinks aday was linked to a 31% greater risk for developing cavities.
Another big study involving 20000 participants showed that just oneoccasional high sugary drink increased the risk of developing cavitiesor losing a tooth by 45%.Fortunately one recent study found that lowering your sugar intake toless than 10%, reduces the risk of tooth decay greatly.The way you drink your sugary drinks also makes a difference.
For example studies show that if you hold sugary drink in your mouth for long, it increases the risk of damage to your teeth because it gives more time to bacteria to expose to the sugar cane cause more damage. If you constantly drink sugary drinks, its time you rethink your choice.
Sticky foods like hard candies, sticky candies, gums, and lolly pops etc. These provide long lasting sources of sugar. Because these foods are kept in mouth for long periods of time, they provide plenty of time for the bacteria in the mouth to digest sugar and produce harmful acids , resulting in pretty long periods of demineralization and not enough time to remineralise it.
This results in development of cavities. Other processed starchy foods like tortilla chips, potato chips and crackers may also linger in the mouth and promote the development of tooth decay and cavities.
How to prevent tooth decay?
Some things you can do to prevent tooth decay are given below. Some little changes like improving your dietary habits, saliva, oral hygiene, fluoride etc. All contribute to reduction in the risk of cavities development.
Tips to reduce the risk are given below:
Eat a well-balanced diet; include fiver, whole grains, dairy products, fruits and vegetables in your diet. If you wish to drink sugary beverages, drink it with your meals instead of drinking it separate between meals. Also it is best to drink it with straw to prevent its exposure with the teeth for long.
Eat diet rich in fiber, like raw vegetables and fruits which increase the flow of saliva in your mouth. Also do not drink sugary drinks before bed and don’t give infants sugary beverages or formula before bed time. Avoid sugary and sticky foods.
They can be enjoyed occasionally, but eating them too often increases the risk of cavities. Also drink water after eating any sugary treat, this will rinse off any sugar sticking to your teeth. Preferably tap water that contains fluoride.
Water is the best, since it has no calories and no sugar. Practicing good oral hygiene is a key to avoid your teeth from going bad. Moreover, if possible brush after every meal. Get toothpaste that has fluoride in it. Chewing a sugar free chewing gum is also a good way to increase the flow of saliva in the mouth and remineralise the teeth.
Visiting your dentist every 6months is also important. Eating healthy and practicing a good oral hygiene is one way to reduce the risk of developing cavities.
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