We all know the phrase, “You are what you eat,” and nowhere is this truer than with your teeth! Your oral health can be greatly impacted by your diet, so it’s important to make smart choices that will help keep your teeth strong and healthy. Learn more about diet and oral health in today’s blog, below.
How Your Diet Can Impact Your Oral Health
Good diet choices for oral health
There are many great foods and beverages that you can incorporate into your diet that will support your oral health. They include:
- Water. Drinking more water is one of the best things you can do to improve your oral health. Drinking a glass of water after every meal will help rinse away bacteria that would otherwise accumulate and turn into plaque.
- Dairy products. Calcium is great for strengthening teeth and because many dairy products are low in sugar, they’re a great choice for oral health. Just stay away from overly sweetened options like chocolate milk and candy-flavored yogurt, which will do more dental health harm than good.
- Fruits and veggies. Packed with vitamins and nutrients that promote oral health, the more veggies you can incorporate into your diet, the better. Just remember that fruits are high in sugar so eat them in moderation.
Bad choices for oral health
You knew there just had to be a downside to this article, didn’t you? Unfortunately, many foods that are common in the American diet promote tooth decay. They include:
- Lollipops and other hard candies. Candy, in general, is obviously not a great choice because of its high sugar content which can lead to cavities and tooth decay. In addition, hard candies can cause chips in your teeth when bitten into, so they are best avoided.
- Tea and coffee. The drinks themselves aren’t really bad, the problem is all of the sugar that people tend to add to them to make them palatable. They also can stain your teeth an unsightly yellow.
- Soda. The sugar content of soda is obviously a major negative for your teeth, but the carbonation is also not good for your oral health. This is because it can leach calcium which weakens your teeth. Soda also promotes plaque buildup.
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