|As you probably already know, sugar eating is a chief reason of tooth decay. But the amount of sugar you eat is as important as the time when you eat it. |
If you eat sugary foods or drink sodas normally during the day, the enamel that protects your teeth is continually exposed to acids. Such products as hard candies, cough drops, and breath mints that contain sugar are particularly injurious because they liquefy slowly in your mouth. Lots of experts recommend that you take a 3-hour break between eating foods containing sugar.
Do you know that sugary or starchy foods eaten with a meal are less harmful to your teeth than when they are eaten alone? It is possibly because the production of saliva, which washes away the sugar and bacteria, is increased.
Keep in mind that eating sugary foods before you go to bed can be the most harmful (especially if you don’t brush your teeth afterward) for the reason that you don’t make as much saliva when you sleep.
For a great part of people, it’s difficult to cut out sweets totally, so try to follow these more realistic guidelines:
Eat carbohydrates (sugars and starches) with a meal.
If you snack, eat nonsugary foods, like cheese, raw veggies, popcorn, or yogurt.
If you can’t brush your teeth after eating, wash out your mouth with water or mouthwash, or chew sugarless gum.
Don’t eat sugary foods between meals.