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What Do Sticky And Starchy Food Do To Our Teeth

Posted on 5/9/2022 by Dr. VanBrunt
What Do Sticky And Starchy Food Do To Our TeethYou perhaps know that sticky and starchy foods have an influence on the health of your teeth. If not, you may want to find out. Among the foods that the dentist will recommend you to avoid are sticky, starchy foods. They may be your favorites, but they can do harm to your smile. During your routine visits to a dentist, you may be asked about your diet and what you consume, especially if the dentist suspects the risk of having cavities. Often, your diet may be contributing to things like decay and it is important you know what to limit or avoid, and what to incorporate into your diet.

How they Harm your Mouth

Sticky and starchy foods such as corn muffins, chips, flour, bread, and pretzels all contain starch. This starch is a simple carbohydrate. Sadly, simple carbs act the same way as sugar when they mix with saliva. With these carbs in your mouth, the bacteria there will thrive on them, often multiplying. As the multiplication of the bacteria goes on, there is increased acid attack occurring on the teeth. This also happens when you consume sugary foods or drinks. As such, you may start dealing with cavities and decay.

What to Do

To help prevent damage to enamel and teeth, you need to limit the carb options and choose whole-grain bread and cereals. These are better for the gums and teeth as well as the body. It is important that you have dental checkups and ensure proper at-home oral hygiene. Dental checkups every six months help prevent decay, cavities, as well as gum disease. When you consume sticky, starchy foods, rinse your mouth to remove debris. Also, make sure you brush and floss. Talk to us if you want to know about teeth-damaging foods you should avoid. Visit our dental office.

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