Snacking, Tooth Decay, and Your Smile

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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?

You see, after you eat acids form in your mouth and weaken your teeth. Please don’t misunderstand, acid will form around any food, not just sugar. However, sugary foods will create an environment where acids and bacteria can thrive and cause more damage. 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.

However, snacking isn’t necessarily bad for your teeth, if done in moderation. Similarly, choosing healthy snacks, such as fruits, vegetables, lean meats, whole-grain crackers, and cheese can help.

Would you like to learn more? If so, please don’t hesitate to contact us at 704-523-7221. Dr. Robert H. Watson and out team look forward to hearing from you.