Did you know have a healthy balanced diet plays a role in your oral health as well as your physical health? The team at Artistic Touch Dentistry wants you to be aware that your teeth and gums often show the first signs of poor nutrition.
The types of foods you eat can have a dramatic effect on your teeth and gums. Certain types of food have been linked to higher levels of cavity-causing bacteria. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies caused by a poor diet may increase your risk for needing gum disease treatment.
At times you may find yourself reaching for a soda to quench your thirst, but soda may be one of the worst offenders in oral health. Due to the empty calories and sugar, it may wear down the enamel surface of your teeth over time. If you do find yourself giving in to the occasional craving such as a fast food or cookies, try chewing sugarless gum or rinsing your mouth with water for 30 seconds afterwards. By doing this you are helping to prevent food from sticking to your teeth.
Optimally, by choosing a diet filled with nutrients and fiber, you will be on the right track for healthy teeth that will thank you! We would like to remind you that your nutrition and oral health go hand in hand!
Reference: “You (And Your Teeth) Are What You Eat.” Your Diet Has an Effect On Your Oral Health. N.p., n.d. Web. 26 Apr. 2014.