Written By Dr. Kyle Griffith
How does my diet affect my teeth? Most dental patients are surprised to learn that their diet has the potential to play a major role in their oral health. Yes, most of us have heard the phrase, "sugar is bad for the teeth", but what does that even mean and is that the whole story?
In short, "sugar is bad for the teeth" is a gross understatement of the complexity of the effects of diet on oral health.
To shed some light on this issue without getting overly complex is slightly difficult but let's try. It is not that "sugar," or more specifically carbohydrates, is innately damaging to the teeth. It is actually the effects that oral bacteria have on the teeth after eating the carbohydrates that is damaging.
The oral bacteria ingest the sugars in our diet. The bacteria's byproduct or
"poop" is actually acid. It is this acid that damages the tooth and over time creates a "cavity."
Cavities are created by an acid (pH) imbalance in the mouth.
When we are examining a patient's diet and how it could affect their oral health, the team at 58 Dental is looking at a couple of areas:
1) Frequency of eating or drinking anything other than water
2) Specific food or drink that is ingested
3) Acidity of specific food and drink
You will be glad to hear that our recommendations for dietary changes do not involve cutting out dessert with dinner. The majority of our recommendations revolve around decreasing or stopping snacking between meals and reducing or eliminating the drinks we consume in between meals other than plain water.
If you are interested in learning more about how your diet may be affecting your oral health, please don't hesitate to contact the team at 58 Dental.
Kyle Griffith DMD
7090 E. Hampden Ave.
Denver, CO. 80224