Does Your Diet Affect Your Oral Health?



Posted on 4/25/2020 by Dr. Nick Raptou
Does Your Diet Affect Your Oral Health? Chips, chocolate, gummies, breakfast, lunch, dinner - how does all this affect the overall health of your teeth? Many people consume foods without a second thought about the health of their teeth. However, it is worth knowing what is and isn't the best for your oral health.

Are There Foods You Should Avoid?

You might be wondering if there are foods you should swear off completely. Examples of foods known to be harmful to your teeth are sugary soda, sour candy, and caramel, but it isn't all black and white. Certainly, if you make it a habit to consume foods with high sugar and acid content without taking care of your oral health, you will eventually run into problems such as tooth decay and worn tooth enamel. To keep up the health of your set of teeth, try to work in foods that contribute to oral health. Calcium is a big contributor for strong teeth and can be found in dairy, almonds, and spinach. Another example of an excellent part of your diet is salmon. Containing DHA and Vitamin D, this is a dinner option that is easy on your teeth while helping them at the same time!

Snack Alternatives

Snacks are the biggest area where it is easy to select foods that aren't so great for your oral health. You do not have to give up on the things you love entirely to maintain a healthy dental lifestyle; just swap around things! Instead of grabbing a sugary soda, try sparkling water that is free of sweeteners. Instead of sour gummy worms, consider fresh fruit to give you that fruity, bold flavor instead. Making better choices on a regular basis and sparingly consuming the things you originally love will go a long way of keeping your oral health in check. Call us to check-in about your current oral health or to schedule an appointment with us.

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