How Does the Food We Eat Affect Our Teeth?

As obesity runs rampant in the US, people are more acutely aware of how food affects their bodies in terms of fat content and calories, but do you know the effects food has on your body before it even reaches your stomach?

We know that sugary foods are bad for our teeth, but why exactly?

When you take a bite of food, you’re not just feeding yourself.  The bacteria in your mouth feasts as well, and sugar happens to be one of its favorite meals.  While the bacteria is feeding on the sugar, it’s giving off an acid byproduct that strips enamel off your teeth. The longer the sugar sits in your mouth, the longer the bacteria feeds on it. (Which is why some experts say snacking is harmful to your teeth.)  If the acid attacks your teeth for a prolonged period of time, more of the enamel is weakened and stripped away.

To prevent tooth enamel erosion, avoid the sugar.  Instead, opt for nutritious foods like cheese, raw vegetables, plain yogurt, or a piece of fruit.  On top of that, limit the amount of snacks you consume.  Each time you eat, the acid is attacking your teeth for about 20 minutes after the last time you swallow.  If you’re constantly eating snacks, your mouth has less of a chance to neutralize itself and get rid of the acid.