As with Thanksgiving, Easter has become a national holiday where people gather together to enjoy time together — and a lot of food, especially candy. It doesn’t matter if you are religious or not, as baskets full of colorful eggs and sweets are becoming more and more popular.But there’s a danger with that. Sugar is bad for your teeth, but that’s not all. Many of the treats you’ll enjoy around can increase your risk of cavities, gum disease, and dark teeth. Call us today at our Bridgeport/Trumbull dental office (203-372-1220) or our Shelton dental office (203-378-9737) to schedule your next appointment. Dental cleanings and dental exams from our highly skilled team can help keep your smile healthy and bright.
Food & Drinks That Can Damage Your TeethYes, sugar is probably the biggest culprit when it comes to dental problems. That’s because sugar is the favorite food of harmful bacteria found in your mouth. These can survive on anything you can, but sugar is packed with the energy they need to grow and multiply.That’s why sugary foods like candy, cake, and cookies are bad for your teeth: They increase your risk of cavities and gum disease by supporting the bacteria behind both dental health problems.But sugar isn’t the only thing to worry about:
- Carbohydrates are very similar to sugars in that they’re packed dense with energy. Eating some bread is not the same as eating some candy, but carbs will still make cavities and gum disease more likely.
- Acid: Acids in foods and drinks don’t encourage those bacteria, but because it’s literally an acid, it erodes your enamel similarly to tooth decay.
- Alcohol: By itself, alcohol doesn’t directly affect your teeth. But it dries your mouth out. Saliva washes away some of the sugar, carbs, and acid on your teeth, so alcohol indirectly increases your chances of dental problems. Plus, many alcoholic drinks are heavy in carbs (beer), acids (wine), or sugary mixers.