The Right Diet For Your Oral Health
Posted December 9, 2015 by Wager-Evans Dental
A commitment to good oral health means regular visits to your dentist, but it goes beyond routine checkups. To fully take care of your teeth and gums, you should be mindful of the decisions you make every day. The choices you make for your diet can have a significant impact on your oral health. By limiting your intake of foods that are higher in sugar, opting for water over flavored beverages, and watching out for foods that are more acidic, you can help keep your mouth in optimal health.
When you consume sugar, the bacteria in your mouth respond to its presence by releasing acids. Eventually, these acids can wear away the enamel on your teeth, and cause cavities. If you maintain good brushing and flossing habits, you should be able to enjoy sugar in moderation, but consuming an excess of sugar can lead to tooth decay, which could require a filling, or even a root canal treatment.
Soft drinks can be especially problematic because they tend to be higher in sugar, and are also acidic. Foods and drinks that are more acidic can wear down the enamel on your teeth, weakening them, and making them more susceptible to decay. The acid from citrus fruits can also hurt your enamel.
Coffee, tea, and red wine can stain your teeth, leaving them dull and discolored. Opting for water over flavored beverages can help you avoid these harmful effects on your teeth. Water also helps clear away food particles and plaque in your mouth, which helps keep your mouth clean. If your teeth have developed stains, your dentist can provide whitening treatments to attack deep-set discoloration for dramatic improvements.