As your dental provider, it’s my job to remind you not only to practice good oral hygiene, but also to make smart nutrition choices. As you may know, consuming foods and beverages high in sugar puts you at risk for tooth decay.
When sugar is consumed repeatedly in large amounts, the harmful effects on teeth can be dramatic. Sugar supplies food for acid-producing bacteria that live in your mouth. In turn, the acid can eat away enamel on teeth. To reduce your risk of tooth decay, follow the tips below:
- If you consume sugary foods and drinks, do so with meals.
- Limit between-meal snacks and sugary beverages. If you crave a snack, choose nutritious foods.
- If you chew gum, choose sugarless gum.
- Drink water. Consuming optimally fluoridated water can help prevent tooth decay.
- Brush your teeth twice daily and floss daily with dental products that have received the ADA Seal of Acceptance.
- See your dentist regularly.
Almost all foods have some type of sugar so it cannot be completely eliminated from your diet. Many of these foods contain important nutrients and add enjoyment to eating. But there is a risk for tooth decay from a diet high in sugars so read labels and plan carefully for a balanced, nutritious diet for you and your kids.
If you have any questions regarding nutrition and your oral health, feel free to contact me at (740) 474-4396 to set up an appointment. In the meantime, take care of yourself and your health.