Are All Carbs Created Equal?

Categories: General Dentistry

Diet Changes For Healthier Teeth In Chesterfield

Hello, I am Dr. Martin Buchheit of Chesterfield Smile Design in Chesterfield. Today, we are focusing on diet and oral health.

I’m sure you brush and floss regularly and hopefully visit your Chesterfield dental practice for necessary cleanings, but did you know that making small but critical changes to your diet can improve your oral health?

Most Chesterfield residents are aware that the sugar found in candy, cookies, juices and sodas can harm your teeth, but some St. Louis people don’t realize that all carbohydrates can cause cavities. A handful of pretzels or a piece of pumpernickel bread can have the same effect on your teeth as a fudge brownie.

All carbohydrates break down into simple sugars, which are converted into plaque, which can then cause cavities and gum disease. Carbs are naturally sticky and adhere to your teeth. Eating carbs with meals is healthier than eating them as snacks because more saliva is generated at mealtime. Saliva helps prevent food particles from sticking to teeth.

At Chesterfield Smile Design, I continue to see tooth damage caused by sodas and sports drinks. If you choose to drink them, sip them through a straw. By limiting the contact of these drinks on your teeth, you will help preserve your enamel.

Another important way St. Louis residents can improve their oral health is to get 800mg of calcium a day for men and 1,000mg for women under 50. Calcium helps strengthen your jaw and secure your teeth firmly in the jaw bone.

Diet alone will not prevent cavities and harmful gum disease for Chesterfield dental patients, however, wise eating promotes healthy teeth and gums.

My staff and I at Chesterfield Smile Design are accepting new Chesterfield general and cosmetic dental patients in the 63017 zip code area. I encourage you to call 314-576-0088 today to schedule an exam and cleaning, if necessary.

Chesterfield Smile Design in Chesterfield offers a full menu of general and specialty dental services including cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry. For more specifics, call today to schedule an appointment or visit https://www.chesterfieldsmiledesign.com/blog/.