It is important to brush and floss twice a day and visit the dentist for routine dental cleanings. However, many patients aren’t aware of how their diet affects their teeth and gums. Even if you brush and floss twice a day, a bad diet can still impact your oral health. Here are a few tips for creating a diet that benefits your physical and oral health:
Avoid Sugary Foods and Drinks
Bacteria cause tooth decay and those bacteria feed on sugar. A diet that is high in sugar can be a risk factor when it comes to tooth decay. After eating something sugary it is important to clean your mouth. Chewing a piece of sugar-free gum can also help wash residual sugar out of the mouth and clean teeth. Of course, sugary foods and drinks are okay in moderation; an occasional sweet treat won’t do you any harm. However, it is important to clean your mouth after eating or drinking sugary products. Fruits are rich in nutrients but they are also rich in sugar. It is important to brush your teeth whether you’re eating candy or fruit because the sugar can cause tooth decay in both cases.
Enjoy Dairy Products
Milk, cheese, and yogurt are dairy products that are rich sources of calcium and protein. These are great at strengthening teeth. Cultured dairy such as yogurt can give an extra benefit as they contain protein, calcium, and often live cultures. The probiotic nature of cultured foods helps good bacteria to crowd out bad decay-causing bacteria in your mouth.
Eat Your Vegetables
Vegetables are a great source of the nutrients and minerals you need. Folic acid is a nutrient that has been shown to reduce tooth decay. Calcium also strengthens bones, teeth included. Leafy greens including spinach are rich in these nutrients. In addition, crunchy vegetables such as carrots and celery have high water content, which helps to clean out sugars and bacteria. Their crunchy texture also scrapes teeth clean as you chew.
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Contact our Cohoes, NY dental office today at (518) 650-1930 to receive routine dental care and cleanings to maintain your teeth and gums. You may also request a consultation online.