Hello, Houston! Welcome to Antoine Dental Center’s ongoing blog. This is our way of keeping the fine people of Houston up to date and in the know on the topics most important to those concerned with oral health and modern dentistry. There are few things as important as your health, and there are few things as important to your health as the health of your teeth.
The health of your teeth and gums may be the single biggest factor in deciding what you will eat or not eat, beside personal taste. Of course, if your teeth are healthy, you can eat whatever you want, it’s all on you to make healthy choices. But if your teeth are sensitive from decay, or missing altogether, then chewing can be painful and difficult, which narrows your options to foods that are soft. Unfortunately, healthy fruits and vegetables are not very soft unless all the nutrients are cooked out.
Protecting your health is one of the main reasons it is so important to take good care of your teeth, but preventive care is more than just brushing and flossing every day. You have to be careful about the what you choose to eat and drink. This can be hard, though, when so many foods are marketed as healthy based a single factor, like sugar content, when oral health is more complex than that.
Diet sodas are a good example of a product that seems to be healthy for teeth, or at least not bad, because they contain no sugar. However, simply not containing sugar isn’t enough to keep your teeth healthy, especially when you consider the level of corrosive acid contained in diet sodas.
The Three Major Causes Tooth Decay
The problem with avoiding sugar to protect your teeth is that sugar is not the only thing responsible for tooth decay.
1. Dental Caries
The real villain behind all your cavities is a type of bacteria known as dental caries. Most people acquire dental caries at a very young age by sharing a fork or a spoon with Mom or Dad. Once dental caries takes up residence in your mouth, they are essentially there to stay. It is up to you to keep this devious bacteria from ruining your smile.
Sugar may not be the only cause of tooth decay, but it does deserve a lot of the blame it gets. The dental caries hiding out in your mouth feeds on sugar. It doesn’t care if it is the refined sugar from candy and cakes, or if it is the natural sugar found in fruits and vegetables. It is all the same to dental caries. When the bacteria consumes the sugar, it excretes acid that is very corrosive to your teeth’s enamel. This is where cavities come from.
The acid formed by dental caries is not the only acid you need to worry about. The acid in your food is also harmful for your teeth. Food acid, like that found in soda, weakens your enamel. When your enamel is softened by acid, it becomes more susceptible to decay, as well as staining and other dental ailments.
Diet sodas often contain two kinds of acid, phosphoric and citric. Both of these acids are very hard on your teeth, which means that diet sodas are still incredibly detrimental to your oral heath. If you are drinking diet sodas because you like the taste, that is one thing. But if you are drinking them because you are concerned about tooth decay, then you might as well be drinking regular sodas sweetened with sugar, because diet sodas are no better for your teeth.
Visit Antoine Dental Center for High Quality Dental Care
Of course, regular cleanings and checkups at our office in Houston will help ensure that your teeth are healthy and bright.
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