If you want to limit your sessions with your dentist to semi-annual exams and cleanings, you’ll want to be sure to eat a tooth friendly diet in addition to maintaining a solid oral hygiene routine.
A tooth friendly diet is one that limits the foods and beverages that can harm teeth while including enough of the foods that have the nutrients the patient needs for a strong, healthy smile.
Sweets are probably the first thing that come to mind when you think of how your diet affects your smile. Indeed, you should not overdo it on sweet treats, especially sticky ones that can leave a residue behind that clings to your teeth and provides a nutritional source for harmful oral bacteria. This produces acids that can destroy tooth enamel as waste products. Other foods that are high in carbohydrates, like crackers and popcorn can have a similar effect. Even raisins, which are sweet and sticky, can linger long after you eat them.
Speaking of acidic foods, these can damage your enamel directly, too. Sodas are twice as hard on your teeth because they contain sugar and acids. Even excessive consumption of otherwise healthy things like tomatoes or citrus fruits can accelerate decay.
Now, your dentist wouldn’t necessarily tell you to cut all of these foods and beverages out completely, but use good judgment and don’t indulge in them frequently. When you do eat or drink these items, take time to brush your teeth, rinse your mouth or even chew sugarless gum to stimulate saliva production afterward.
Your dentist might also advise you to incorporate more healthy, nutritious foods to give your smile a boost. These include fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and lean protein sources. Foods that are particularly beneficial to your oral health include dairy products (milk, cheese, etc.), crunchy fruits and veggies that stimulate saliva production and foods rich in Vitamin C. You should also be drinking adequate amounts of water so that you don’t get dehydrated.
Are you eating the right foods to protect your smile and your oral health? At your next exam, check in with our dentists to see if there’s anything you should cut back on in your diet or any foods that you should add. Even if you are eating a tooth friendly diet, you should pay close attention to your oral hygiene and rinse or brush your teeth after meals to remove any lingering bits of food.
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