As someone who cares about their oral health and is undergoing orthodontic treatment, you know that you should brush and floss your teeth every day. But, were you aware that even following this routine may not be enough to prevent caries, also referred to as cavities? The condition of your teeth is also linked to the foods you eat. A recent article on WebMD revealed that it is not just pure sugar found in soft drinks that can cause damage. Carbohydrates also contain this sweet compound, which can cause holes in your teeth.
Dr. Kimberly Harms, a former president of the Minnesota Dental Association, told the website that bacteria already in your mouth are actually responsible for cavities. Every time you enjoy a carbohydrate like rice, bread, potatoes and even fruits and vegetables, these bacteria are prompted to produce an acid that can corrode your teeth, resulting in cavities.
After the acid makes its way into the interior of your tooth, the bacteria ''have a nice little hole to live in where your toothbrush and floss can't reach,'' said Harms.
The longer you wait to address the issue, the bigger the cavity can become.
Fortunately, you don't have to stay away from carbs to keep your teeth in good shape. Dr. Harms emphasized that it's the length of time your teeth are exposed to the acid that matters the most. It is better to eat a bowl of pasta in one sitting instead of, for example, enjoying multiple energy drinks throughout the day.
''We have a saying,'' she declared. ''Sip all day and get decay.''
If you have any questions about how to keep your teeth cavity-free, don't hesitate to ask your dentist or New York City orthodontist. These experienced professionals can give you tips on how to keep your mouth healthy during and after orthodontic treatment.