Many of the foods cause bacteria, which produce acids. These are foods such as candy, cookies, starches, such as bread, crackers, and cereal, also cause acids to form. These acid attacks, can cause your teeth to decay.
Plaque also produces elements that irritate the gums, which can make them red, tender or cause bleeding. After time, the gums can pull away from the teeth causing pockets to form and fill with additional bacteria and pus. If the gums are not treated, the bone around the teeth can be destroyed. This can cause the teeth to become loose or have to be removed. Gum disease is one of the leading causes of tooth loss for adults.
One method to avert tooth decay and gum disease is by maintaining a healthy diet and limiting the number of snacks. If you do snack, try to select nutritious foods such as raw vegetables, plain yogurt, cheese or fruit.