By Craig Blogin, D.D.S.
April 01, 2015
Category: Oral Health
Tags: Starch  

When most people think of foods that cause cavities, sugar-laden treats are the first foods that come to mind. As it turns out, however, sugar isn't the only culprit behind those cavities; starch can be just as bad, or even worse! Here at the Ann Arbor office ofDental  Craig Blogin, DDS, we want you to know how starch could damage your smile.

What's Wrong With Starch?

Dentists believe that starch leads to cavities in three different ways. First, starches in foods like bread, crackers and potato chips don't remain starches for long. As soon as you begin eating them, the starches begin breaking down into sugar. This is why crackers taste so sweet. Research shows that saltine crackers are one of the worst starch heavy foods of all, in terms of their cavity-causing potential.

Secondly, starchy foods often get stuck on or in the teeth. Unlike simple sugary treats, which are often washed away quickly by saliva, starchy foods can linger, giving bacteria more time to work. The longer the bacteria are able to feast on the starches, the more likely cavities are to form.

Lastly, many people consume too much starch on a daily basis, believing that starchy foods are good for them, or at least not as bad as more stereotypical junk foods. Whereas people may eat one candy bar and stop, realizing the negative health effects, few people actually stick to one serving size of crackers or chips.

How Can I Prevent Tooth Damage From Starch?

In light of this new research, do you need to stop eating starchy foods altogether or risk extra visits to your Ann Arbor dentist? Thankfully, no. It is still fine to enjoy your favorite starchy foods - as long as you consume them in moderation. You may also want to brush or at least rinse after starchy meals or snacks, however, if you want to be especially vigilant.

If it has been a while since your last visit to a dentist in Ann Arbor, it may be time for a routine check-up to make sure that you don't already have cavities forming. Call Dr. Blogin's office to schedule your next appointment today!

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