There are a lot of foods that people know are bad for their teeth. Candies, sodas, coffee, and anything with excessive amounts of sugar are commonly known to cause cavities.
But did you know that bread, especially white bread, can be just as bad? While you might love your dinner rolls and biscuits, eating them all the time can actually do a lot of damage to your mouth.
How Does Bread Damage Your Teeth?
When most people think of bread, they think of carbs. Bread can certainly make you gain weight because of the amount of carbs in it, but it also contains a good amount of sugar. White bread is especially bad for you because of the sugar it contains.
But that's not its only issue. White bread tends to stick to your mouth due to how the starches in the bread are transformed. Your saliva turns these starches into sugars that are a part of a sticky paste. When this paste sticks to your teeth or works its way into a space between teeth, it creates a space for bacteria to grow and multiply. This, in turn, can quickly lead to cavities.
While other types of bread also contain starches and sugars, they're not as bad. Some, such as whole wheat bread, also don't break down into sugar as easily. This means they do less damage to your teeth. Whole wheat bread also has a number of other benefits over white bread.
While enjoying bread every now and then is definitely fine, you do want to make sure you're not over-indulging. You also want to make certain that you brush and floss really well after eating white bread, so you dislodge any pieces that have become stuck between your teeth.
You should also make certain that you have your teeth cleaned every six months. We're ready to assist you with that and any other dental issues you have, so give us a call to set up an appointment today.