How Diet Affects Oral Health

It’s common knowledge that brushing your teeth at least twice a day and flossing after every meal can help maintain oral health. However, these routines alone are not enough for optimal oral health. For the strongest, healthiest teeth, your oral care routine should include:

·         Visiting the dentist once every six months

·         Immediately treating dental damage

·         Getting regular, professional teeth cleaning

·         Maintaining a healthy diet

A healthy diet contributes to healthy teeth and gums, and it’s important to understand how your nutrition affects your oral health. Below are a few things you may not know about diet and oral health:

How Your Diet Contributes to Tooth Decay

Tooth decay is most commonly caused by certain food or ingredients found in foods. In fact, sugar is a leading cause of tooth decay. For optimum oral health, eat sugar in moderation or choose sugar-free products. Foods that are high in carbohydrates, sugars or starches can cause plaque acids to build up and attack tooth enamel. Over time, tooth enamel is broken down by these acids, leading to decay. Untreated tooth decay can lead to rotting, broken teeth, bad breath and the need for oral surgery.

Diet's Impact on Your Oral Health

The phrase “you are what you eat” applies to every aspect of your being. And the healthier your diet, the healthier your teeth and gums. Unhealthy food choices can cause or contribute to gingivitis, bad breath and tooth decay. Foods like coffee, tea, sugars and soft drinks are especially dangerous to dental health. These foods most often contribute to sensitive teeth, discolouration, cavities and gum disease. A well-balanced, healthy diet can give your mouth the nutrients it needs to fight off disease, and this can help prevent cavities, gum disease and tooth loss. Food choices that promote good oral health, include: 

·         Whole grains

·         Fruits and vegetables

·         Plenty of water

An unhealthy diet and/or poor dental hygiene can lead to tooth infections, gum disease and breakage. Take steps to protect your teeth and oral health today by contacting a trusted family dentist. Sherwood Park families look to Bennett Dental for all their oral health needs.