Many patients aren’t aware of how their diet affects their teeth and gums. Even if they brush and floss twice a day, a bad diet can still impact oral health. Here are a few tips for creating a diet that benefits physical and oral health:
Avoid Sugary Candy and Drinks
Bacteria cause tooth decay, and those bacteria feed on sugar. A diet that is high in sugar can be a risk factor when it comes to tooth decay. After eating something sugary, it is important to clean your mouth. Chewing a piece of sugar-free gum can also help wash residual sugar out of the mouth and clean teeth. Brushing teeth is also clearly beneficial to clean sugar from teeth.
Fruits are rich in nutrients, but they are also rich in sugar. It is important to brush your teeth whether you’re eating candy or fruit because the sugar can cause tooth decay in both cases.
Enjoy Dairy Products
Dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt are rich sources of calcium and protein. These are great at strengthening teeth. Cultured dairy such as yogurt can give an extra benefit, too, in that they help eliminate decay-causing bacteria in your mouth.
Eat Your Vegetables
Vegetables are a great source of the nutrients and minerals you need. Leafy greens such as spinach are rich in folic acid, a nutrient that has been shown to reduce tooth decay, as well as calcium, which strengthens bones, teeth included. Crunchy vegetables such as carrots and celery have high water content and help clean out sugars and bacteria. Their crunchy texture also scrapes teeth clean as you chew.
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Our team is dedicated to providing families with resources for maintaining healthy teeth and gums as well as high-quality, comfortable, and comprehensive dental care. We offer restorative, cosmetic, and general dental treatments for patients of all ages. Our dentists will ensure your comfort through every step of treatment, whether it’s a routine check-up or a complex procedure.