Do You Know What is Contributing to Your Tooth Decay?Monday, November 10th, 2014, 5:40 pm
While most people know that sugar can cause cavities, there are many other contributing factors when it comes to the onset of tooth decay. Help keep your mouth healthy by brushing twice daily, attending regularly scheduled teeth cleanings, and avoiding foods and behaviors that can make tooth decay worse. To follow are some of the most surprising contributing causes of tooth decay.
- Certain medications. Decongestants, antihistamines, depression and anti-anxiety medications can all cause patients to experience dry mouth. As saliva contains a plaque-fighting compound, patients with dry mouth are more susceptible to tooth decay.
- Anxiety and stress can also lead to chronic dry mouth, and subsequently contribute to tooth decay. If you are unable to properly manage anxiety and stress levels, it is recommended to seek professional help.
- Fruit juices have a higher acid content than may other beverages. Acid erodes tooth enamel which leaves teeth more vulnerable to decay.
- Sports drinks containing electrolytes will help to re-hydrate athletes or those recovering from a stomach virus. However, they are high in sugar as well as acid.
- Diet sodas may not contain sugar, which is notoriously known for causing cavities, but they do contain a high level of acid which contributes to the erosion of tooth enamel. Enamel is a protective coating on the surface of teeth.
- Chewable vitamins may make it easier for parents to coax their children into being healthier, however chewable vitamins are crammed with sugar and gelatin. High sugar content combined with the sticky texture of chewable vitamins can cause more tooth decay, as parts of the vitamins get stuck on teeth for prolonged periods of time between brushing.
- Diets high in starch like breads and cereals turn into sugar in the mouth faster than complex starches and carbohydrates do. By choosing foods rich in whole grains and avoiding white bread and sugary cereals popular among children, you’ll have a better chance at fighting tooth decay.
- Dried fruits are linked to tooth decay because the drying process reduces fruits into a stickier texture, and releases more sugars.
Preventative Dentistry in Toccoa
If you’re ready to learn more about your dental health, contact Wilbanks Smile Center today and schedule a consultation. Our offices are located in Toccoa, GA, and we can be reached at 706-886-9439. We look forward to serving you.