With all the meals in the day, breakfast is the least thought about or planned out typically. Everyone’s busy early in the morning; showering and getting dressed all the while trying to beat the time in order for you to get to work or school without being late. Eating is the last thing on your mind and you end up doing what most Americans do – grabbing something sweet like a doughnut on your way out the door. But could this breakfast regimen of yours leave you with rotten teeth?
Dentists like Dr. John Rearden at Village Family Dental in Myrtle Beach, SC are saying that what you choose to eat for breakfast could effect the state of your oral health and lead to a host of dental problems such as cavities, tooth decay and periodontal disease. Which breakfast foods are harmful to your teeth? To start off, researchers have found out that 12 out of 14 cereals contain extremely high levels of sugar. So much, in fact, that experts are saying that people are better off eating biscuits and cake for breakfast since these sweet treats have the same level of sugar content as the cereals which we commonly find on grocery shelves.
And what’s more is that people are more likely to underestimate the amount of sugar found in their breakfast choices which leads them to consume larger quantities of sugar. If you’re not at all convinced about this, think back to what you had for breakfast, and if you didn’t have a doughnut or cereal, then surely you had a glass of processed pomegranate, apple juice or orange juice which contains more sugar than what is usually recommended.
Most of us know about the true sugar content in what we consume for breakfast, and are slow about changing our ways. Sometimes we are time starved or we just want to appease the picky eaters– children. Instead of serving marmalade for breakfast, parents are choosing to serve chocolate spreads in order to entice young ones to eat up their breakfast. This could lead to deleterious effects for children.
Tooth decay is one of the leading chronic diseases afflicting children with a huge majority of young school children showing signs of tooth decay as early as the first grade. Much of this is due to the increased consumption of sugars whether from candies and other known sugary treats to foods with concealed levels of sugar.
If you do have to grab a doughnut on the way to work, brush your teeth at least 20 minutes after eating. Getting the sugars off your teeth will minimize the possibility of cavities and tooth decay.