Many people believe that candy and cookies are some of the biggest culprits for cavities. Despite this popular myth, simple carbohydrates like bread and crackers are a greater concern.
This often comes to a shock to people, as these foods are touted as healthy snacks and are everyday staples in the U.S. It is important to know the oral health dangers so that you can protect your teeth.
Avoid Highly Processed Starch for Improved Oral Health
Crackers and bread are worse for the teeth than candy because they contain highly-processed starch – or sugar! When grains are highly processed and added with genetically-engineered ingredients, the overall glycemic index will increase. This makes the food more prone to causing cavities.
So, why are starches such a big deal? The problem arises due to the bacteria in the mouth, which love to eat sugar – a product of the starch in crackers or bread. The bacteria are able to feast, allowing them to multiply to extreme levels.
This jeopardizes the proper bacterial balance in your mouth.With time, the bacteria will accumulate into a sticky substance called plaque, which affixes to the gum line and begins to erode the enamel. Bacteria will also creep under the gum line and may buildup up in the pockets of the gums, leading to gingivitis.
Make Smarter Food Choices
While eating starchy foods once in a while might not be a big deal, making a habit of consuming bread and saltine crackers will damage your teeth with time. Instead, choose whole grains, which tend to be made with less refined starch. Swapping out goldfish or Ritz crackers with crunchy vegetables during snack time will also make a major impact on your oral health.
A healthy diet combined with regular dental checkups is essential for optimal oral health. Call our office today to set up your next dental cleaning.