Many people correlate their dietary choices with their general health and their weight. While their diets definitely have an effect on these, there is another area that is commonly overlooked when it comes to dietary choices: the teeth. When you stop and think about it, it makes sense that your dietary choices affect your teeth because every food and beverage that you consume must enter through the mouth.
Every mouth is home to millions of bacteria that thrive off of the foods that you eat. The bacteria are inside the mouth to help break down particles left behind after eating and drinking. They are inside the mouth in order to be helpful, yet in just a short amount of time their assistance turns harmful. As the bacteria work to break down the food and beverage particles, they begin producing acids in order to assist them. It is these acids that wreak havoc in the mouth.
All acids eat their way through whatever they come in contact with. When the acids inside the mouth eat their way through the food and beverage particles, they will continue to attack whatever is in their path – this being your tooth enamel and gum tissue. Cavities are formed when the acids eat tiny holes in the teeth, and gum disease occurs when the acids infect the gum tissue. What is especially important about this is that the bacteria inside your mouth love sugar. The bacteria will gather around sugar-laden food and beverage particles and will over-produce acids. This leaves a great deal of acid in specific spots inside the mouth, making the teeth extremely vulnerable to damage that results in a short amount of time.
By making healthy dietary choices, you are protecting your teeth from cavities and decay. A healthy diet is low in sugar, and it contains the following:
- Low-fat dairy products
- Lean sources of protein
- Dry beans and legumes
- Whole wheat
- Fruits and vegetables in their natural forms
- 8, 8-oz. glasses of water every day
At Meadowbrook Family Dental, we want to partner with you in all aspects of your dental health. Your diet plays a huge role in the health of your teeth, and we can help you make the best choices to promote a long-lasting smile. Call us today!
Posted on behalf of Meadowbrook Family Dental