Posted on 9/15/2017 by Dr. Kelsey Ullsmith
Bread is a staple in many people's diets. You eat it as toast, sandwiches, something to sop up gravy and as a dinner roll for example. Though bread itself can be good for you, it has elements that are not good for our teeth. But as usual, all breads are not created equal. White bread is by far the worst offender in the dental arena.
What in Bread Is Bad for You?
White bread is different from other bread because it contains refined carbohydrates. Have you ever noticed that you can take a slice of white bread and roll it up into a little ball?
Have you noticed that whole grain bread doesn't behave the same way? If you never tried this trick, perhaps you have eaten peanut butter sandwiches on white bread. Did you ever notice that when you press the bread up to the roof of your mouth, it sticks there?
The reason this happens is the refined carbohydrates. When you chew bread, the carbohydrates in the bread get broken down into sugar by your saliva. This makes the bread gummy or paste-like.
This also allows the bread, once converted, to stick to your teeth like glue as it sticks to the roof of your mouth. This paste-like bread substance that is stuck in between your teeth is what causes cavities. So why is refined white bread so much worse than whole grain bread?
The answer to this goes back to the peanut butter sandwich sticking to the roof of your mouth. Whole grain bread have a different consistency than refined white bread. First of all, they use less added sugars and therefore don't break down into sugar as easily. Studies have shown that consumption of whole grain bread has lower instances of gum disease as well.
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