Your diet is a crucial part of your dental care plan that often gets overlooked. In general, people do a good job about brushing their teeth on a regular basis, but if we can be more cognizant of how our diet affects our mouth, we can better care for our teeth between brushes. Below, we take a closer look at how certain foods can affect our teeth, and how to protect your teeth with a well-rounded nutritional plan.
Your Diet and Your Teeth
What we eat first has to pass our teeth and gums, and certain foods can do more damage than others. For example, sugary foods, even fruits with natural sugars like apples and oranges, can cause problems with your teeth and gums. Also, since these foods have higher acid concentrations, they can also wear down your tooth enamel.
Now, that’s not to say that you should avoid sweet fruits because Vitamin C is beneficial for healthy teeth, but you just have to be smart about eating these options. For example, if you’re going to eat fruit, consider eating it alongside other foods so that the sugar and acid gets worked off your teeth by these other foods. Also, regardless of whether you’re snacking on fruit or having it alongside a main course, drink plenty of water to wash away sugars that may have been left behind.
What other things should you consider when creating a nutritional plan that will protect your teeth? Here are some quick tips:
- Avoid sugary sodas and juices. Instead, opt for water that has been fortified with fluoride.
- Limit the amount of natural and added sugars you consume on a daily basis, as extra sugar can contribute to the onset of cavities.
- Sticky options, like fruit snacks or raisins, should be avoided on their own, as they have a propensity to stick to your teeth, and stuck on sugars can wear down teeth even faster.
- Get plenty of vegetables, fruits, and dairy in your diet, as these can all strengthen your dental health.
- Even if you can’t feel food particles between your teeth, consider flossing at least once a day, although twice a day after eating is even better!
- Set a good example for your kids. If you choose healthy dental options, they are more likely to follow suit, which will help their mouth stay healthy.
- Brush your teeth before breakfast, and brush again after dinner for at least two minutes each time to help keep your teeth protected throughout the day and night.
Preventive Dental Care in MN
Having good oral health isn’t just about brushing, it also involves your daily diet. If you still have questions on how to make your dental health a priority when making nutritional choices, or if you want to run something by Dr. Brooks, don’t hesitate to reach out to his office for more information today!