Dental health depends on many factors, such as oral hygiene and dental visits. However, what you eat and drink affects your dental health. In fact, the process of decay initiates the moment you start eating, i.e. the bacteria in your mouth starts converting sugars and carbohydrates to acids. Over time, this process can lead to gum disease, and other health concerns. In the following paragraphs, you will learn about the foods that you should avoid in order to promote dental health.
Basically, you need to limit anything high in sugar and starch, along with processed foods. Examples include:
- Baked goods like cookies, cakes, pies, breads, and muffins
- Raisins and other dried fruits
- Hard candies
- Snacks like chips, pretzels, and french fries
- Tea and coffee with sugar
So what can I eat, you ask? Plenty of healthy items, including but not restricted to:
- Food rich in Vitamin-C (such as berries, melons, and citrus)
- Crunchy fruits and vegetables for snacking (cucumbers, celery, apples, carrot, green bell peppers etc.)
- Meats (especially chicken)
- Milk and yogurt
- Sugarless tea
You need to know what these categories of foods do to your teeth. Foods contain high amounts of sugar stick to your teeth, providing a ‘breeding ground’ for bacteria, increasing tooth decay. Foods in the second category actually strengthen your gums and protect your tooth enamel. Note that while citrus fruits provide nutrients to your teeth, they need to be eaten as part of a larger meal to reduce their acidic effect.
Also note that mere avoidance of certain foods will not guarantee protection against gum disease. You also need to develop good oral hygiene, i.e. brushing, flossing, the whole drill. But even then, professional support is also necessary if you want to avoid serious dental problems. Finally, remember that gum disease and tooth loss can occur even if you take care of your oral hygiene. This can be due to genetics, accidents, or because of other diseases.
In that case, you may need gum disease treatment or even cosmetic procedures. It is always good to consult an experienced specialist like our own Dr. DeAndrade in these matters. Schedule an appointment today.