Best Diet for Ongoing Dental Health

What is the best diet for keeping your healthy smile? Load up on these tips for keep your gums and teeth in pristine condition throughout your life.

The Link Between Sugar and Tooth Decay

Severe dental decay is caused by many things, but one of the main culprits is sugar. When there are bacteria present, sugar is the main cause of dental decay. 

More significant than the amount of sugar you eat is the frequency of consumption. If you drink a lot of soda or juice beverages throughout the day than you are at a much higher risk than someone who enjoys them every once in a while.

Probably the worst thing you can do to your teeth is to drink a soda and have a sip every few minutes over a long period of time; Not only does this leave sugar in contact with your teeth but it is habit forming, converting a once-in-a-while bad habit into an all-the-time bad habit.

The same is true for snacking. People are consistently amazed at how much sugar content is in our everyday snacks. Even snacks that appear to be low in sugar on the the ingredients list can convert into harmful sugars in your mouth.

Eating or drinking something sweet over an extended period of time creates a constant supply of sugar for bacteria that causes tooth decay! It is recommended that if you want to have a snack or soda or juice it is better to have it after food, as dessert, or have it in one sitting. 

It is important to be aware of all the sources of sugar that are out there. It is not just everything that is sweet, but anything that can turn to sugar like pieces of bread. Cutting down your sugar intake is good for cavity prevention, as well as your physical health.

The best way to avoid cavities is to prevent the sugar from staying next to your teeth. It's impractical for most of us to completely cut sugar out of our lives but there are still steps we can take to minimize it's consumption. Brush your teeth after eating sugar, rinse your mouth with Fluoride mouth wash, and undertake a regular rigimin of flossing to have the best chances of keeping your teeth and gums healthy over time. However, nothing has the effect of avoiding sugar altogether!

Is there any kind of food that prevents tooth decay? Well, not really. Some people believed that chewing foods like apples and carrots may have some plaque removal effect, but they still contain some sugar so any advantage is not clear.

Acidic foods are another group of food that causes significant damage to tooth structure. If in frequent contact with teeth, things like lime, lemon, and grapefruit can cause serious irreversible damage (erosion) to your teeth. As is the case with sugar, normal consumption of acidic foods won't cause much damage but abuse adds up quickly over time.

Foods for Healthy Gums and Teeth

The best foods for healthy gums and teeth are alkaline foods. Typically vegetables and non-acidic fruits. These are good for you anyways so next time you're considering between eating junk food and having something healthy, think of your teeth! 

Posted on August 28, 2013 and filed under Oral Hygiene.