Do you ever find yourself snacking throughout the day? If you do, you probably know that sugary or starchy foods could hurt your teeth, but would you be surprised to learn that how and when you eat could cause trouble?
After you eat, acids form in your mouth and damage the outer layer of your teeth. This means that the more often you eat sugary foods, the more often acids will be able to attack your teeth. In other words, it’s better for your teeth to enjoy a bigger meal than it is to snack throughout the day.
Fortunately, it only takes about twenty minutes for the acid in your mouth to be neutralized. However, once you eat again, your teeth will be exposed to acids again. If your smile is constantly exposed to these harmful acids, you could ultimately have to deal with tooth decay—which, if left untreated, could ultimately lead to the need for root canal therapy, the need to pull a tooth, or even sensitive teeth.
Still, please don’t misunderstand: there isn’t anything wrong with snacking so long as you choose healthy foods and don’t snack too often. Some of the foods we recommend trying include fruits, lean meats, low-fat cheese, and vegetables. Similarly, if you are worried about your teeth after snacking, you may want to consider chewing gum. Gum will promote saliva, which negates the acids on your teeth.
If you are interested in learning more about snacking, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 734-222-9140. Dr. Alberto A. Herrero and out team look forward to hearing from you.