Making Daily Diet Improvements That Protect Your Smile
Posted June 5, 2017 by Wager-Evans Dental
Your teeth are exposed to risks each time you enjoy a meal. Oral bacteria will be able to feed on the sugars left behind on your teeth, and the digestive process of those bacteria can release acids that will eat into your enamel. By brushing and flossing regularly and effectively, you can remove those bacteria, and you can also remove anything left on your teeth that they can feeding on. Of course, when you pay attention to what you eat during the day, you can lower your risks. Sure, brushing and flossing are still vital, but you can lower your chances of suffering a cavity when you improve your diet. Combining smart daily care with routine dental care will help you sustain a healthy, problem-free smile.
Flavored beverages tend to be high in sugar. Sodas and fruit drinks can bombard your teeth with sugar, and spike your cavity risk. Even diet sodas can be trouble – the acidity of these drinks can make it harder for your enamel to hold up against harm. It should also be noted that dark beverages carry cosmetic dental concerns, too, as they can lead to stains that require a professional whitening treatment to eliminate.
Products with more sugar are giving more opportunities for oral bacteria to cause cavities. Sticky products that stay in your teeth for longer also offer more of an opportunity for those bacteria to feed, putting you further at risk.
Increasing your water consumption can help you cut sugary beverages, which means less risk of needing restorative dental care. Water also helps keep you hydrated, which is important for your production of saliva. You might not realize it, but in addition to cleaning your mouth, saliva can neutralize different types of oral bacteria. Fighting bacteria means preventing cavities and gum disease.
If you look for ways to improve your daily oral care, you can improve your overall oral health. At Wager-Evans Dental, our team wants you to enjoy your best, healthiest smile. Our Reno, NV practice is proud to accept local residents, and residents from South Meadows, Double Diamond, Caughlin Ranch, Donner Springs, Meadowood, Sommersett, Arrow Creek, and all surrounding communities. To schedule an appointment, visit our office, or contact us today by calling (775) 800-4845. Our patient forms are online.