How does poor diet cause tooth decay?

Diets involving high amounts of sugar are a likely cause of tooth decay, according to dental health professionals. When bacteria make contact with sugar inside the mouth, acid is produces and can attack the teeth for up to half an hour. When this process occurs frequently, tooth decay can take place.

Almost all sugar we consume is present in processed (ready-made) food and beverages. The UK National Health Service listed the following as most commonly consumed sugary foods:

  • Cakes, biscuits, chocolates
  • Pastries such as buns and fruit pies
  • Puddings
  • Table sugar
  • Breakfast cereals
  • Dried fruit (or fruit in syrup)
  • Spreads like jam, honey, and marmalade
  • Ice cream
  • Soft drinks and other fizzy drinks
  • Alcoholic drinks

While some mild forms of tooth decay may be resolved by normal brushing and flossing, there are cases in which professional help is required. If you are concerned about tooth decay, make an appointment with Dr. Sid K. Steadman D.D.S., by calling his Leander office at (512) 259-3365 today.