Are All Carbs Created Equal?

Categories: Dental Health

Diet Changes For Healthier Teeth In Palm Harbor

Hello, we are Prestige Dentistry in Palm Harbor. Today, we are focusing on diet and oral health.

We’re sure you brush and floss regularly and hopefully visit your Palm Harbor dental practice for needed cleanings, but did you know that making small but critical changes to your diet can improve your oral health?

Most Palm Harbor residents are aware that the sugar found in candy, cookies, juices, and sodas can harm their teeth, but some Trinity people don’t realize that all carbohydrates can cause cavities. A handful of pretzels or a piece of pumpernickel bread can have the same effect on your teeth as a fudge brownie.

All carbohydrates break down into simple sugars, which are converted into plaque, which can then cause cavities and gum disease. Carbs are naturally sticky and adhere to your teeth. Eating carbs with meals is healthier than eating them as snacks because more saliva is generated at mealtime. Saliva helps prevent food particles from sticking to teeth.

At Prestige Dentistry, we continue to see tooth damage caused by sodas and sports drinks. If you choose to drink them, sip them through a straw. By limiting the contact of these drinks with your teeth, you will help preserve your enamel.

Another important way Trinity residents can improve their oral health is to get 800mg of calcium a day for men and 1,000mg for women under 50. Calcium helps strengthen your jaw and secure your teeth firmly in the jaw bone.

Diet alone will not prevent cavities and detrimental gum disease for Palm Harbor dental patients; however, wise eating promotes healthy teeth and gums.

At Prestige Dentistry, we are accepting new Palm Harbor general and cosmetic dental patients in the Palm Harbor area. We encourage you to call 727-789-1980 today to schedule an exam and cleaning, if needed.

Prestige Dentistry in Palm Harbor offers a full menu of general and specialty dental services including cosmetic dentistry and general dentistry. For more details, call today to schedule an appointment or visit

Prestige Dentistry
4140 Woodlands Pkwy, Ste A
Palm Harbor, Florida 34685