Info to Bite Into during the Holiday Season 🙂

Fryeburg Family Dental wishes you a wonderful Holiday Season!

Well it is that time of year again with all the wonderful food, cheer, and candy we can possibly eat. I just love this time of year and all the wonderful tasty things to eat and indulge in…all of this though, can have a detrimental effect on our teeth! It’s not so much what we put on our teeth but how long we leave these wonderful tasting products there to do the damage to our enamel and gum tissues cascading into a problem of gum disease and tooth decay.

The food that we eat, sweet and sticky food, allows the bacteria in the mouth to produce acids that will attack the tooth enamel (the outer surface of the tooth). Sugars react with bacteria to produce acid. The acid from the bacteria can decay your teeth. It is not just candy and ice cream; it’s all carbohydrate foods. As the foods are digested and broken down in the mouth, they turn into simple sugars such as Glucose and Fructose that are called fermentable carbohydrates. These include the obvious sugary foods such as cookies, cakes, soft drinks, candy, pretzels, crackers, bananas, chips, and breakfast cereals. The sugars in these foods combine with the bacteria normally in the mouth to form acid. These acids cause the mineral crystals inside the teeth to begin to dissolve.

The dental caries lesions (cavities) form when these acids start to dissolve a tooth’s outer layer of enamel. A cavity forms when the tooth decay breaks through the enamel to the underlying layers of the tooth.

In this wonderful Holiday Season of such goodies we eat while spending time with family, we need to remember to brush and floss between meals and snacks. Every time you eat, the bacteria in your mouth produce acid. The more times you eat with out brushing the food off your teeth, creates a breeding ground for decay to happen. With this said, enjoy, have a wonderful Holiday Season, and remember Fryeburg Family Dental is always here to make your teeth sparkle again!

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