Midlands Dental wants to bring attention to choosing the right foods and having a healthy diet is an important aspect of healthy teeth and good oral hygiene. Establishing good nutritional habits for our kids and teenagers can be especially beneficial for good eating patterns and food choices throughout the rest of their lives.
How does Good Nutrition Affect Oral Health?
The foods we eat come into contact with the germs and bacteria that live in the mouth. If we don’t brush plaque will accumulate on the teeth. Plaque thrives on the starches and sugars that are found in a great deal of foods. When the plaque combines with the starches and sugars, an acid is produced that attacks the enamel on the teeth and eventually causes decay. According to the American Dental Association the acid attacks the teeth for 20 minutes or more.
Choosing a Healthy Diet
Choosing a healthy diet sounds easy but even fruits, milk, cereals, bread and some vegetables contain starches or sugar. The number one culprit is carbonated sodas and we need to limit sweet fruit juices and sugary snacks. We don’t have to totally avoid these foods, but we should eat a balanced diet, brush twice a day and floss daily.
Midlands Dental’s Healthy Tips
Drink plenty of water. Eat a variety of healthy foods from all 5 major food groups. Cut down on snacking between meals. Avoid snacks and drinks that are high in sugar, brush twice a day, and floss every day. Eating healthy foods and avoiding foods and drinks high in sugar are good ways to prevent cavities. Good oral habits are essential in maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Regular brushing twice daily, flossing thoroughly and routine visits to your dentist can detect any early signs of decay or disease present in the mouth. Dr. Garvey says that if you have a severe sweet tooth like he does try replacing one snack a day with a healthy snack choice, and eventually you will have a healthy diet mastered.