According to the American Dental Association (ADA), over 90 percent of Americans have had cavities at some point in their lives. Even worse, almost 30 percent have untreated cavities. Tooth decay, or cavities, form when naturally occurring plaque produces acid that breaks down tooth enamel. That is, cavities are small, unnatural holes in teeth. Below introduces the top ten foods that cause cavities and provides healthy alternative.
Almost all candy is bad for the teeth because they are loaded with sugar. Hard candy is bad for teeth because they stay in the mouth and may directly cause damage to tooth enamel. Chewy candy is worse for the teeth because they will stick between the teeth for a long time. In addition to this, sour candies contain high amounts of citric, fumaric and malic acids, which are a triple threat to your teeth. Most dentists agree that sugar-free candy is an excellent alternative.
Similar to chewy candy, gum causes prolonged exposure to sugar, which result in cavities. However, studies have shown that chewing sugar-free gum after a meal is an excellent way to remove and neutralize the acids created by plaque bacteria. In fact, xylitol, a sugar substitute, has been found to actually prevent tooth decay. This is because xylitol stunts the growth of streptococcus mutans, one of the oral bacteria which cause cavities.