Knoxville Dentist Warns Against Excessive Consumption of Certain Foods

What is the first edible item that pops into your head if you think of something being bad for your teeth? Did you say sugar? Most people would agree that sucrose (in its various forms) is indeed a notorious player in plights of oral health. You have probably known this since you were a kid, but have you ever stopped to question what it is…

What is the first edible item that pops into your head if you think of something being bad for your teeth? Did you say sugar? Most people would agree that sucrose (in its various forms) is indeed a notorious player in plights of oral health. You have probably known this since you were a kid, but have you ever stopped to question what it is that sugar does to your teeth? The substance itself does not give you tooth decay. Rather it feeds bacteria to produce acid which eats away at your tooth enamel. Without the protective shield of hard enamel, you are susceptible to that same bacteria creating cavities in your teeth. Knoxville dentist, Dr. Jim Erpenbach, will tell you today that sugar is not the only “bad guy” in terms of your dental health.

Refined Carbohydrates

They may as well just be called sugar, because refined carbohydrates do the same thing to your teeth as sucrose. Carbs such as white breads, crackers, cookies, and cereals are actually turned into a sugar from a fermentation process involving your saliva. The good news is that you can stabilize the acidity of the fermentation by eating refined carbohydrates with dairy. Brushing and flossing twice daily will eliminate the risk of food particles staying in your mouth and fermenting further to add to more acid production.

Polyunsaturated Oils

When highly refined, certain fats can instigate inflammation in your mouth. Excessive consumption of Omega 6 fatty acids (which are found in unnaturally corn-fattened animal products) have been linked to gum disease. Be aware of the types of meats that are served at fast food restaurants because of their high saturated fat content. When possible, choose grass fed organic meats and chicken products. Or cut back on meat as much as possible and eat more fruits, vegetables, and whole grains.

Preventive Dental Care from Knoxville Dentist

Your Knoxvilledentist offers the latest and safest options for cavity prevention and treatment. Contact Dr. Erpenbach to discuss more about ozone dentistry. To schedule an appointment contact our 37919 dentist office  by calling 865-329-7815. We welcome patients of all ages from Knoxville and surrounding areas.