Dental Health and Your Diet

Dental Health and Your Diet

Your body works hard to convert the foods you eat into energy. You may not think twice about what you are eating – especially when it comes to grabbing an afternoon snack or sipping on a vanilla latte on your commute. But the food you put in your mouth affects more than just your waistline. The truth is, your diet has a direct effect on your overall dental health. Developing good eating habits can lead to excellent oral health free of decay and gum disease. The American Dental Association recommends avoiding certain foods that can expedite decay, such as foods high in sugar.

that eating a slice of pie in the afternoon could be more dangerous to your oral health than eating the same piece of pie as a dessert after dinner? According to the ADA, snacking between meals – especially on sugar-filled foods – can more rapidly lead to decay than eating the same foods with meals. If you must eat the mid-afternoon pie, reach for the toothbrush afterward. Better yet, swap the pie for a nutritious, sugar-free snack like string cheese or some baby carrots.


Frequently Asked Questions

Should I change my eating habits to better my oral health?

Probably. But never start a new diet without first consulting with your physician. If you are on a special diet, be sure to speak with your dentist about the types of foods you should be eating that comply with your diet and can also optimize your oral health.

What types of changes will my dentist recommend?

In addition to avoiding sugary foods, the ADA recommends drinking plenty of water each day and avoiding snacks between meals whenever possible. It is also important to consume nutritious foods from each of the major food groups, including whole grains, vegetables, lean proteins, low-fat dairy, and fruits. Not only will you improve the health of your teeth and gums, but you may drop a pant size too!

Are there any other habits I should be adopting to improve my oral health?

Yes. You should be flossing daily and brushing twice daily using a soft-bristled toothbrush. You should also be visiting your dentist at least twice per year for oral exams and professional dental cleanings.

Author
Springfield Dental Solutions

You Might Also Enjoy...

My Medications and My Dental Health

Your doctor prescribed you some medications, and you are feeling like a million bucks. But, you've also noticed some side effects in your mouth. Some medications can have side effects that manifest themselves in your mouth and affect your dental health.

Know How to Prevent Cavities? Follow These 5 Tips

Tooth decay is caused by acidic bacteria that thrive inside of the mouth. Most people think that to avoid getting cavities, all they need to do is not snack on candy all day. Although candy can contribute to decay, it's not the primary cause.

Seal Out Tooth Decay

Brushing and flossing are the best ways to help prevent cavities, but it’s not always easy to clean every nook and cranny of your teeth – especially those back teeth you use to chew. There’s another safe way to help keep those teeth clean called a sealant.

What Diseases Can Your Dentist Find?

We know that your dentist's main priority is to look for signs of tooth decay and periodontal disease. But what you may not know is that your dentist is also checking your mouth for signs of diseases that originate elsewhere in the body.

What Mouth Rinse is Right for Me?

You head to your local pharmacy, and as you're picking up a tube of toothpaste and some dental floss, you notice the mouth rinses. There seems to be a vast number of choices, and you're not sure what to buy. This guide will help you choose the right one.

How to Brush Your Teeth

Brushing your teeth is probably a standard part of your daily routine, but chances are you aren’t following the American Dental Association’s guidelines for cleaning your teeth properly.