Are All Carbs Created Equal?

Categories: Dental Health

Diet Changes For Healthier Teeth In Lafayette

Hello, I am Dr. Gordon West of Gordon West DDS: Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Lafayette. Today, we are focusing on diet and oral health.

I’m sure you brush and floss regularly and hopefully visit your Lafayette dental practice for required cleanings, but did you know that making small but important changes to your diet can improve your oral health?

Most Lafayette residents are aware that the sugar found in candy, cookies, juices, and sodas can harm your teeth, but some Boulder 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 Gordon West DDS: Cosmetic & General Dentistry, 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 vital way Boulder 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 harmful gum disease for Lafayette dental patients; however, wise eating supports healthy teeth and gums.

My staff and I at Gordon West DDS: Cosmetic & General Dentistry are accepting new general and cosmetic dental patients in the Boulder area. I encourage you to call 303-665-5335 today to schedule an exam and cleaning, if required.

Gordon West DDS: Cosmetic & General Dentistry in Lafayette offers a full menu of general and specialty dental services including teeth whitening and porcelain veneers. For more details, call today to schedule an appointment or visit

Dr. West
Gordon West DDS: Cosmetic & General Dentistry
1140 W South Boulder Rd, Ste 201
Lafayette, Colorado 80026