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Posts for category: Eating for Dental Health

By Dr. George Zatarain
March 03, 2015
Tags: tooth decay   Decay   Dental Cavities   Nutrition  

Diet and Tooth Decay

The foods you eat and the beverages you drink can have a directly effect tooth decay, depending upon:

  • The form of the food—liquid, solid, sticky or slow to dissolve
  • How often you eat Sugary or Acidic foods and beverages
  • The nutritional makeup of the food.
  • The combination of the foods you eat and the order in which you eat them. 
  • Medical conditions you may have, such as gastrointestinal reflux and eating disorders, which can increase risk of cavities and weaken teeth.

The bacteria in your mouth use carbohydrates for food.  When you cut back on sugar and other simple carbohydrates you reduce your cavity risk. 

Read food labels to determine the amount of added sugar. Ingredients are listed on the label by weight.  If one of the following items is listed in the top 5 ingredients, it’s a good bet that food is high in sugar.

Another tip for spotting sources of sugar—terms ending in “-ose” indicate a sugar ingredient.

Here are some common added sugars:

  • sugar
  • brown sugar
  • cane sugar
  • confectioners' or powdered sugar
  • turbinado sugar
  • raw sugar 
  • corn sweeteners 
  • corn syrup 
  • crystallized cane sugar
  • maltose
  • fructose
  • sucrose
  • glucose 
  • dextrin 
  • evaporated cane juice
  • fruit juice concentrate
  • honey
  • high fructose corn syrup
  • invert sugar
  • syrup
  • malt syrup
  • maple syrup
  • molasses