Eating well for mouth health is just as important as dental hygiene. Here are some things to remember as you put together a mouth-healthy diet.
Drinking a lot of water is beneficial to overall health, and can also greatly increase the health of your mouth. Drinking water cleans out food particles and other debris, washing away the various sugars and acids that cause cavities and plaque growth (a risk factor for gum disease).
Additionally, it is good to limit your sugars and acids. Sugar feeds the bacteria that live in your mouth, which then produce an acidic byproduct. This acid causes cavities by eating away at your tooth enamel. Acid from foods and drinks can also eat away at your enamel.
If you do choose to indulge in sugary or acidic foods every once in a while, try to eat them with a meal. Foods that are eaten with a meal typically cause less damage than snacks, as more saliva is produced during a meal. Saliva protects your teeth and cleans your mouth. Accompany all sugary or acidic foods with a very large glass of water to further protect your teeth.
For more information, call Gary W. Lee, DDS in Diamond Bar, California, at 909-861-2331. Dr. Gary W.D. Lee and our team are here to help you eat well for a healthy smile!