When it comes to your health, there is a direct connection to your diet. It is essential that you pay attention to your food and beverage choices each day to promote optimal health – both for your general health and your oral health. Most people understand that the foods and beverages that they choose affect the numbers on the scale, but many overlook the impact that their food and beverage choices have on their teeth. Tooth decay is the single most chronic childhood disease, and it affects millions of Americans each year in the United States, yet it is entirely preventable. By brushing at least twice a day, flossing daily, and making wise food choices, you are promoting optimal oral health.
Inside each mouth live millions of bacteria. These bacteria are meant to help break down particles that are left behind after eating and drinking. As they are doing their job they begin to produce acids to assist them. However, once they have taken care of the food and beverage particles, the acids continue to work – turning their attention to the tooth enamel and gum tissues.
Oral bacteria are most attracted to sugars in the foods and beverages that you consume. When sugar particles are found in the mouth, the bacteria congregate in massive numbers, producing an overabundance of acid. Foods that are high in sugar such as: soft drinks, desserts, candies, sweet tea, etc., will lead to destruction inside the mouth. This destruction can be avoided by simply limiting the amount of sugar that you consume each day.
A daily healthy diet (both for your oral health and overall health) consists of:
- At least 8, 8-oz glasses of water
- Whole grains
- Lean meat
- Fruits and vegetables in their natural state
- Dry beans and legumes
- Low-fat dairy products
At Pacific Sky Dental, we want to help our patients achieve optimal oral health through every aspect imaginable. By making wise choices regarding your diet, you can protect your mouth – and your entire body – from decay and serious health issues. Contact our practice today to schedule a dental appointment and let us help you achieve and maintain optimal oral health in every possible way.
Posted on behalf of Dr. Raymond Jone, Pacific Sky Dental
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