Just in time for Halloween, we want to break down the worst items for dental health. But don’t worry, we’ve got solutions!
As you may have expected, sugary and starchy foods are the worst for your oral health. When you drink and wat starchy or sugary foods, you’re not only feeding yourself, you’re feeding the bacteria that can wreak havoc in your mouth. Sugary foods serve as fuel for bacteria that live in plaque, and the byproduct of their sugar-metabolization is acid, which weakens your tooth enamel. Try to avoid food products that combine sugar, acid, and stickiness. Unfortunately, that may mean ditching some of your favorite taffys and gummies.
So before you trick-or-treat and indulge in sugary treats, consider this: you’re feeding the bacteria in your mouth! Instead, choose sugar-free candies or fruits. If you do indulge in sugary snacks, be sure to brush 20 minutes later in order to cleanse your teeth and begin starving the bacteria feasting on the sugar in your mouth!