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What Effect Does Diet Have On My Oral Health?

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What Effect Does Diet Have On My Oral Health?

Did you know that your diet can affect your oral health? Foods or beverages you consume will directly impact the health of your teeth and gums. The good news is that you can lower your risk of developing tooth decay and periodontal (gum) disease, simply by improving your diet. We, at High Street Dentistry, are here to support you, to answer any of your questions, and to help ensure you enjoy a healthy, confident smile for years to come.

Foods and Drinks To Limit

Sugary Foods: Sugary treats offer a food source for bacteria. As they feed on sugar, bacteria produce acids which will eat away at your tooth enamel, leading to tooth decay. If you consume sugary foods, simply brush your teeth after your snack.

Sticky Foods: While sticky foods such as dried fruits may seem healthy, they can actually harm your teeth. Sticky foods cling to your teeth and are hard to clean, which supplies bacteria with a lot of sugar.

Sodas: Sodas are high in sugar and are acidic, which can hasten the development of tooth decay. Even diet sodas can damage your teeth because of the acids they contain.

Starches: White bread or potato chips aren’t good choices for your teeth because saliva breaks down starches into sugar. The paste-like substance sticks to the crevices in your teeth, resulting in cavities and gum disease.

Healthy Choices

To maintain a healthy, balanced diet, drink plenty of water and make sure to include a variety of foods from each of the five major food groups, including whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and low fat or fat-free dairy foods. If you need a snack, opt for nutritious foods such as fresh fruit, raw vegetables, nuts, or cheese.

A Clean Mouth Is a Healthy Mouth

Brush your teeth at least twice a day and floss regularly to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. Don’t forget to schedule your routine dental exams and cleanings to leave your mouth healthy and free of disease.

Schedule Your Appointment Today

Visit us at High Street Dentistry to learn more about proper nutrition for a healthy mouth. We are proud to offer quality preventative dentistry procedures designed to keep your smile healthy and bright for years to come. Call us today.