Do you have any lunch plans for today? Grab your colleagues for some Mexican food because it’s National Chip & Dip Day!
Tortilla or corn chips create a buildup of plaque on your teeth. Unfortunately, chips contain high amounts of oils and ingredients that tend to stick to your teeth. If you do go out for chips and dip, drink water or chew a piece of sugarless gum after lunch.
Why are all the bad things so good? Sugary foods cause tooth decay. Starchy snacks can also break down into sugars once they’re in your mouth.
Why Is Starch So Bad for National Chip & Dip Day?
First, starches in foods like bread don’t remain starches for long. As soon as you bite into them, the starches begin breaking down into sugar.
Secondly, starchy foods stick to your teeth. Unlike simple sugary treats, which wash away by saliva, starchy foods can linger, giving bacteria more time to work. in your mouth. The longer the bacteria stays in your mouth, the more likely cavities are to form.
Lastly, people consume too much starch daily.
How Can You Prevent Tooth Damage?
Do you need to stop eating starchy foods altogether or risk extra visits to your dentist? No. It’s okay to enjoy your favorite starchy foods – if you consume them in moderation. You may also want to brush or at least rinse after enjoying a basket of tortilla chips.
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It’s recommended that you brush at least twice a day, the right way. Clean your teeth out with a soft-bristled toothbrush before bedtime. This removes any sticky starch.
Use an anti-bacterial mouthwash to protect from your plaque and schedule your annual dental exams. Visit your local dentist at least two times a year. If you have any questions, please feel free to reach out at 813.445.7162.