As I’m sure you’re all aware there are a number of food types that aren’t very good for your teeth. Any food that is high in sugar or starch can encourage the growth of bacteria and help plaque to develop. Starchy foods combine with the plaque to release acid that causes dental decay. Foods that contain lots of sugar are also usually quite sticky which means they coat the teeth speeding up the process of tooth decay.
It is important to try and avoid these foods as much as possible to have healthy teeth. This is especially true for children whose developing teeth are at a greater risk. Of course it is very hard to avoid eating these foods all the time and we all like to treat our kids or ourselves every once in a while. It is just important to remember that by cleaning your teeth after eating, or even just by rinsing with water you can reduce the risk of tooth decay.
There are foods that are still snacks or treats that are better for your teeth. Raisins and grapes make delicious sweet snacks but cause far less damage to your teeth. Although fruits contain natural sugars they are less damaging than the sugars in sweets. Drinking milk or any other calcium rich products is good for both your teeth and bones. However, the reality is that all foods will eventually cause some damage to your teeth if you do not clean them properly. The importance of brushing and flossing cannot be overstressed by Merseyside dentists, and with an effective hygiene routine, you can enjoy the occasional treat without worrying too much about the damage it is causing.