Sugar is the main cause of dental decay. The frequency of your sugar consumption plays a major role in that.
Probably the worst thing you can do to your teeth is to drink a soda and have a sip every few minutes over a long period of time; the same goes with snacking. It is recommended that if you want to have a snack, soda, or juice, it is better to have it after food, as dessert, or have it in one sitting. Eating or drinking something sweet over an extended period of time creates a constant supply of sugar for bacteria in your mouth which can lead to tooth decay!
It is important to be aware of all the sources of sugar that are out there. It is not just everything that is sweet, but anything that can turn to sugar like pieces of bread. Cutting down your sugar intake is good for cavity prevention, as well as your general health.
Another group of food that causes significant damage to teeth structure is acidic foods. If the foods like lime, lemon, and grapefruit come in frequent contact with teeth, then it can cause serious irreversible damage (erosion) to your teeth.
If you have any questions about diet and dental health and you live in or around Glendale or the downtown Phoenix area, give us a call today!