Did you know it is not just candy that is dangerous to your smile? There are many foods other than candy that promote tooth decay. You may already know that bacteria feed on the sugar of candy creating cavity causing acid. Bacteria, however, not only uses candy to create acid but can also use any food which contains sugars and other carbohydrates. This includes fruits, peanut butter, crackers, potato chips, popcorn and other foods.
Especially harmful can be foods like raisins and peanut butter that stick to teeth where they provide a constant source of energy for bacteria.
So what can you do to protect yourself? You guessed it, brushing after meals. Brushing helps by removing both the bacteria and food particles which the bacteria feast on. We know that brushing may not always be possible after you eat, so try washing food down with liquids ensuring that less food remains on teeth. Chewing sugarless gum also helps because this stimulates saliva flow. Saliva acts as a natural plaque fighting substance. We like orbit bubble gum, what’s your favorite?