Poor diet is to blame for most dental issues. From cavities to root canals to plaque and gingivitis, consuming certain foods and beverages affects the health of your teeth and gums. How does it happen? Here’s a quick and dirty refresher course.
Just about everything you eat contains some form of sugar, including milk, cereals, breads, fruits, and even vegetables. These sugars fuel a reaction that destroys the hard, thin outer layer of tooth tissue called enamel. As a result, they are the leading cause of dental caries (cavities), enamel erosion, and tooth loss.
Since it is in most of the foods and beverages we ingest, avoiding sugar is almost impossible. The best we can do is to keep consumption at a healthy level, or at least at one that will not compromise our oral health. But what exactly is a healthy level?
You don’t have to worry about the sugar that is naturally found in most foods. Human beings have been enjoying milk, carrots, and apples for a long time, and all of them contain sugars. But they also contain vitamins and nutrients your body needs. On the flipside, foods that contain added sugars, such as soft drinks, candies, and cookies, do not have much else besides sugar. These comestible also contain much higher levels of sugar than foods that it naturally occurs in, since their makers add sugar to make the product sickeningly sweet.