You have probably heard that eating sugary foods can cause cavities. However, have you considered that the time you eat, how much you eat, and what you drink while you eat affects the health of your teeth, too? Oral health and diet are closely related. Everyone should work to improve their oral health through their diet. However, if you have oral pain, multiple missing teeth, multiple cavities, severe periodontal disease, consistent dry mouth, or a dental prosthetic like an implant, you should focus even more on your diet.
Bad Oral Health Habits
The worst diet-related oral health habits may be hiding in plain sight. Drinking sugary drinks like soda, sport-drinks, and teas between meals without water to rinse your mouth could allow sugar to sit on your teeth and erode them. Additionally, putting your baby to bed with their bottle could similarly cause sugars and acids to break down your baby’s gums. Furthermore, staying hydrated is important to prevent dry mouth which can become a breeding ground for bacteria. These are just a few ways that everyday eating habits can be damaging to your oral health. However, with a few small changes, you can improve your diet and your oral health.
Improve your Diet and Your Oral Health
Most dieticians and nutritionists recommend that you eat three meals per day without snacking between meals. Drink sugary drinks like coffee, tea, soda, or sports drinks with meals, not between meals. It is also beneficial if you alternate sips with water. For example, drink the sugary drink and then take a sip of water. This will wash the sugars off your teeth so they do not get the chance to accumulate and erode your smile. Additionally, you should reduce your exposure to sugary candies and snacks. Lastly, if you smoke, quit. Smoke and smokeless tobacco has negative side effects on your oral and overall health.
Becoming aware of your diet is the first step to improving your oral and overall health. Over the next few weeks observe your diet. What you are eating? When you are eating it? How does your diet align with the good diet friendly, oral health habits. Of course, don’t forget to continue your good oral health hygiene routine of brushing twice a day for two minutes each time, flossing once per day, and visiting Dr. Lau every six months. For more information about nutrition and oral health or to plan your next visit at Meadowbrook Family Dental in Sacramento, California, call us today!