Diet Tips for Better Oral Health

You know that the foods you eat will affect your body in many ways. What you eat and drink can have an effect on your weight, blood sugar, and heart health. Did you know that your diet can also affect your dental health? The best foods for your teeth include those rich in nutrients and protein, while those with excess sugar and fat will harm not only your teeth, but your whole body. Continue reading for some healthy eating tips to keep your teeth in their best shape. If you would like to learn more, or make an appointment with one of our dentists, call our Docklands dental office today at (03) 9021-9487.

Sugars

Your dentist has probably warned you about the dangers of too much sugar. The bacteria in your mouth consume sugars and emit acids as a byproduct. These acids soften the enamel of your teeth, allowing the bacteria to attack and decay the tooth, leaving you with a cavity. Elevated levels of sugar in your body can also lead to diabetes, which has a cause and effect relationship with gum disease. Diabetes leaves you susceptible to infections, leading to the consideration of gum disease as a side effect of the diabetes. Gum disease raises the blood sugar levels in your body, which causes problems for diabetics who already have elevated levels.

From soft drinks to candy and cookies, sugary foods are part of our dient nearly every day. Most dentists recommend avoiding sugary foods and drinks whenever possible, but if you must consume them, follow with a glass of water, which will help wash the mouth clean.

Artificial Sweeteners

Many foods and beverages now contain artificial sweeteners. These sweeteners help our food taste good without destroying our teeth. The body processes artificial sweeteners differently than sugars, and the bacteria in your mouth will not consume them, meaning they won’t produce the acids that cause tooth decay. In fact, the artificial sweetener xylitol, found in many sugar-free gums, has shown an ability to help prevent tooth decay.

Dairy Products

Milk, cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products contain little sugar, so they will help you maintain good dental health. In addition, they contain proteins and nutrients, such as calcium, that help strengthen your teeth. Some ongoing studies have shown that the bacteria cultures found in yogurt, as well as probiotics found in some, help decrease periodontal disease.

Fruits and vegetables

Fruits and vegetables supply important nutrients to your body, but did you know they can help your teeth as well? While most fruits naturally contain sugar, they also have high amounts of water and fiber that help to clean the teeth as you eat. Chewing these healthy treats also stimulates the production of saliva which helps wash away bacteria and acids from your teeth.  

How Can I keep My Teeth Healthy?

You can eat the foods you enjoy without damaging your teeth. We understand that cutting all sugars out of one’s diet can prove daunting, and will make eating much less fun. You can still eat what you like, but remember to take care of your teeth when you do. Try to avoid sugary foods and drinks as snacks, and instead include them as part of a meal. When you eat a meal, saliva production increases, helping to wash away all of those nasty sugars and bacteria. Make sure you brush your teeth at least twice a day, preferably with a fluoride toothpaste. Wait about 30 minutes after your meal to brush, as your teeth will have a vulnerability to abrasions right after eating. Most importantly, attend regularly scheduled cleanings and checkups with your dentist.

Call Us for an Appointment

If you want to know more about maintaining a healthy diet, or schedule a cleaning or checkup, call our Docklands dental office today at (03) 9021-9487 today and schedule an appointment with one of our dentists.

By |March 1st, 2016|Diet, General Dentistry, Gum Disease, Oral Health|Comments Off on Diet Tips for Better Oral Health

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