A diet in excess of carbohydrates can do a lot of damage to your teeth. 🍞🍭 All carbohydrates are broken down to simple sugars, which provides the perfect fuel for the bacteria already in your mouth to produce acid and initiate the breakdown of tooth structure. This is what you probably know as a “cavity.” Cavities, or dental caries, remains the most common chronic disease of children. The good news is that they are largely preventable! Here are a few of my tips:
1. Limit snacking in btwn meals. This limits your mouth to carbohydrate exposure to only during meal times.
2. Drink plenty of water, and avoid sipping on sugar-sweetened beverages throughout the day. Think sugar-free soda is okay? Not so fast! All carbonated beverages make the mouth more acidic and may contribute to tooth demineralization and erosion.
3. Brush your teeth after eating to remove plaque and gunk that would otherwise trigger bacterial growth.
4. And as always, brush twice a day and floss once a day to keep the plaque at bay. 😁 #2min2x
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