Tuesday, February 28, 2012

3 Foods to Avoid for Healthy Teeth

Now, everyone loves a good meal but did you know that there are some foods & beverages that are better to be left on your plate or even better at the store?

Well, the refined ones anyway.  Refined Carbohydrates are defined as foods that have been processed by machinery that strips the bran and germ from the whole grain.  This process makes the carbs more fermentable therefore causing the Micro-organisms to form acids, which sets the scene for decay.

All chewy sticky foods, including dried fruit but most importantly candy can cause major damage to your teeth if you allow the sticky substance to sit.  Same as carbs can increase the acid in your mouth so can sugary chewy treats.  Sugar molecules get stuck in the grooves of and in between teeth. Eventually, saliva will wash it out, but when candy is sticky, it takes awhile raising your risk for decay.

Chewing Gum
In the above paragraph I mentioned that anything sticky and chewy isn't good for the health of your teeth and can potentially cause decay.  There are three ways that gum is sweetened, 1. Gold Ol' Fashioned Sugar  2. Artificial Sweetners 3. With sugar alcohols such as sorbitol and xylitol.  Xylitol is proven to fight the bacteria in your mouth that causes decay so the exception to the rule is that Gum, depending on how it's sweetened, can actually prevent decay.

Now everyone knows what to leave at the store, or to brush immedietly after to aviod decay.  And who doesn't want a happy smile?


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