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How Your Diet Relates to Dental Health
May 1, 2019

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Having a healthy diet can go a long way when it comes to your body and mind, and your dental health is no different. The body is a complex machine and it operates at its best when given the proper amount of nutrients. Did you know that certain vitamins and minerals help protect your teeth from tooth decay and gum disease? If you don’t have a healthy diet, your chances of experiencing one of these problems increases significantly.

The color of your teeth is at jeopardy as well. Some foods and drinks will cause yellowing. No one wants that!

It’s important to note that eating the right kind of food isn’t the only way to keep your mouth healthy. How often you eat certain foods can also make a big impact. Food high in acid will sit on your teeth and grow bacteria, increasing your chances of developing tooth decay or gum disease.

Below are some of our recommendations when it comes to eating a healthy diet.

The Good Food
This list should not be much of a surprise. Eat a variety from each of the major food groups.

    • Whole grains
    • Fruits
    • Vegetables
    • Lean protein
    • Low-fat dairy

Food Tips

  • Limit the amount of junk food. Snacking usually leads to binge eating, and the foods we choose to snack on usually aren’t the healthiest. It’s okay to eat some things in moderation; just don’t eat too much.
  • Drink plenty of water. Water will keep your saliva levels high, which is definitely a good thing. The saliva in your mouth protects oral tissue and prevents disease from reaching your mouth.
  • Eat bad foods with meals. The combination of foods can balance the acidity levels in your mouth neutralizing the bacteria, causing tooth decay.

The Bad Food
You guessed it. Sugar. “But why does it have to be so good?!”

Avoid excessive eating/drinking the following

    • Cakes and candies
    • Soda
    • Tea
    • Wine
  • Eating foods that are soft, sweet, and sticky will only increase the amount of bacteria in your mouth. These foods stay on your teeth longer and will build plaque, leading to cavities, tooth decay, and eventually gum disease.
  • If you have a sweet tooth, try substituting your usual treat with a sugarless or sugar-free option. It may not taste as good, but it will make a big difference for your oral health.
  • Oh, and if you are looking for a whiter smile, lay off the coffee. Coffee contains tannins which will lead to discoloration, making your teeth yellow.

Following these tips, brushing twice a day, and flossing regularly will give you proper oral hygiene. Make sure you visit us regularly as well. We will help prevent oral problems from occurring and we will catch those that do happen in early stages before it is difficult to fix. Not only does a healthy diet promote a healthy mouth, but it also increases your overall health. If you have questions regarding your diet or concerns about any dental problems you may be experiencing, contact us today.