Saltines Are A Surprisingly Harmful Food For Teeth

March 25, 2014 by Dr. Emanuel Layliev Blog, Dental Tips, Dentistry

Everyone is aware how bad sugary candy and soda can be for your teeth, but this food culprit is lurking in the shadows of your pantry under the ruse of being a healthy, easy snack: Saltine Crackers.

One source of damage to your teeth comes from sugar. This sugar isn’t necessarily limited to the type found in chocolate and cola, however. Saltine crackers are a carbohydrate and carbohydrates contain sugars. Additionally, saltine crackers are highly processed, so chemicals and genetically engineered ingredients can also cause significant harm to your teeth.

Saltines become a sticky goo in your mouth as you chew and that paste can get caught in between teeth, creating an ideal environment for bacteria to grow. Eating Saltines and other simple starches a few times a week isn’t going to harm your teeth immediately, but bad diet habits can have a heavy price down the road.

Taking care to buy foods beneficial for dental health is important, so refined sugars and starchy carbohydrates might not make the grocery list as often, but replacing these with more nutritious grains can have a great effect on your dental, as well as overall health.

For more information about beneficial dental diets and proper dental care, call the NY Center for Cosmetic Dentistry at 12-288-4455.

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