A healthy diet is just as important as dental hygiene for your oral health. Here are some tips and tricks to using food to benefit your mouth.
One of the best things you can do for yourself is to drink a lot of water. This is beneficial to overall health, but can even influence the health of your mouth. Drinking water cleans your mouth, washing away sugars and acids that cause tooth damage.
On that note–limit your sugars and acids. Both contribute to enamel erosion. Sugar feeds bacteria that produce an acidic byproduct; this acid eats away at your tooth enamel and produces cavities. Acid from foods and drinks can also eat away at your enamel more directly.
If you do choose to indulge in sugary or acidic foods, try to eat them with a meal. Foods that are eaten with a meal cause less damage to your teeth than constant snacking, as more saliva is produced during a meal. Even so, accompany all sugary or acidic foods with a tall glass of water.
For more information, call Oak Ridge Dental in Burnsville, Minnesota, at 952-435-0355. Dr. Jeff Olson and our team are happy to help you eat well for a healthy smile!