Is Starving the Oral Bacteria That Cause Cavities Possible?
Posted on 4/30/2019 by Cane Bay Family Dentistry
The oral bacteria in your mouth are responsible for cavities, tooth decay, and gum disease. In order to prevent these problems, it is important to minimize oral bacteria levels in the mouth. Starving the bacteria of the fuel they need to survive is one way to do that.
How Do Oral Bacteria Survive?
Oral bacteria rely on sugar to survive. These bacteria thrive on sugar, so the more that you have in the mouth, the more that the bacteria will multiply. The bacteria release many compounds, and those that are acidic can lead to tooth decay.
Can Reducing Sugar Help?
Reducing your sugar intake is a great way to starve oral bacteria of the fuel they need to grow and survive. Lowering your sugar consumption has many benefits to your oral and overall health, and in addition to starving bacteria, you'll also keep insulin levels in check and will reduce your calorie intake. Some ways to reduce your sugar consumption include switching to water instead of soda or juice, opt for fruit for dessert instead of baked goods, and avoiding high-sugar options at the grocery store and local restaurants.
What Other Steps Can You Take? If you feel that you need to have that cookie or the occasional soda, go ahead and enjoy it, but remember to care for your teeth. Rinsing your mouth out with water can help to wash away sugars before oral bacteria have a chance to consume them. Since you shouldn't brush your teeth for at least 30-60 minutes after eating, rinsing with water can protect your teeth until you're able to brush again.
Reducing oral bacteria in your mouth and their food source is a great way to protect your teeth from damage. Contact us today to learn more and to set up your next appointment.