Are All Carbs Created Equal?

Categories: Dental Health

Diet Changes For Healthier Teeth In Ft. Worth

Hello, I am Dr. Justin Cook of The Parkway Dentist in Ft. Worth. Today, we are focusing on diet and oral health.

I’m sure you brush and floss regularly and hopefully visit your Ft. Worth dental practice for necessary cleanings, but did you know that making small but critical changes to your diet can improve your oral health?

Most Ft. Worth residents are aware that the sugar found in candy, cookies, juices and sodas can harm your teeth, but some Benbrook 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 The Parkway Dentist, I 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 on your teeth, you will help preserve your enamel.

Another critical way Benbrook 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 Ft. Worth dental patients; however, wise eating advances healthy teeth and gums.

My staff and I at The Parkway Dentist are accepting new general and cosmetic dental patients in the Ft. Worth area. I encourage you to call 817-769-2763 today to schedule an exam and cleaning, if needed.

The Parkway Dentist in Ft. Worth offers a full menu of general and specialty dental services including dental implants and sedation dentistry. For more details, call today to schedule an appointment or visit

Dr. Justin Cook
The Parkway Dentist
4200 Bryant Irvin Rd Ste 101
Fort Worth, TX 76109