We’ve always been told that “we are what we eat.” Although that may not be entirely true, what we eat, and drink, can affect not only our overall health but the health of our teeth as well. For dental health, it’s not just about what you eat, but when you eat it. Let’s take a closer look.
Plaque – Teeth’s Worst Enemy
Plaque is a sticky film that forms on the teeth throughout the day. When plaque is not removed from your teeth, by brushing and flossing, the bacteria present in it can begin to build up. When bacteria feed on the sugar found in the things you eat and drink, it forms acid which breaks down the protective coating on your teeth known as enamel. Acid can remain on your teeth for twenty minutes after eating. If sugary foods are consumed frequently, the acid will eventually wear down your enamel as well as cause cavities.
Constant Snacking is a Bad Habit
While having a sugary snack or dessert every once in a while is fine, snacking on sugary treats all day without brushing in between can be disastrous for your teeth. Plaque and acid will eventually lead to tooth erosion, and cavities and the loss of enamel will cause your teeth to yellow and stain.
A Healthy Diet is the Key to Healthy Teeth
Avoiding sugary snacks and drinks will not only spare your teeth from cavities and decay, but it will also lower your chances of developing gum disease. A diet full of fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and healthy fats will give your teeth all the nutrients they need to remain strong.
Brush Between Meals if You Can
While brushing twice a day is usually sufficient to keep your teeth clean and healthy, brushing between meals when you know you’ll be consuming sugary foods or drinks will give you an extra level of protection.
Seeing a dentist regularly is also a part of good dental health. Call Huntingdon Valley Dental Arts today to make an appointment with Dr. Zola Makrauer or Dr. Julie Miller.