What to eat for better dental health
- Posted on: Dec 30 2019
While genetics and home care play a big part in one’s dental health, it is essential that patients in the area of Webster, TX understand that the foods that they eat can also impact their smile in a positive or negative way. Teeth help us to enjoy our foods, but the foods that we eat may keep our teeth strong or may put our smile at risk for decay and disease. At Clear Lake Dental Care and Implant Center, we understand that importance of a nutritional diet not only for a healthy body, but a healthy smile!
What foods should patients avoid?
There are several types of foods and beverages that patients should pay close attention to in terms of their consumption.
While sugary candy and colas can be very tasty, they can also wreak havoc on the smile. Bacteria in the mouth will quickly join with sugars left on the surfaces of the teeth and can develop into plaque. Plaque can harden into tartar, which can only be removed with the help of a dental professional. Sugars can contribute to the formation of cavities as well. Sugar can be found in not only sweets, but in a wide range of processed foods.
Acidic foods, or foods with a low pH balance, can also be very harmful for the teeth. Citrus fruits, when eaten regularly, can harm the enamel of the teeth. It can strip minerals from the teeth which damages the enamel and leaves it easily exposed to an increased risk of cavities. Patients who also enjoy citrus fruits and other acidic foods and beverages may also notice an increase in tooth sensitivity.
Saliva is necessary to protect the teeth and prevent plaque for settling. When patients experience dry mouth, the reduced amount of saliva can impact the smile. Drying foods and drinks may include alcohol, coffee, and many energy drinks. Patients should instead replace these beverages with fluoridated water instead, which is healthier and does not contain empty calories.
Discuss your diet with a dentist today
Drs. Piyuse Das, An Pham, and Grisel Acevedo Rivera of Clear Lake Dental Care and Implant Center believe that patients can improve their oral health and avoid the risk of decay and disease by the foods and drinks they consume. Call our practice today at (281) 557-8097 to schedule an appointment and speak to our team about the best treatment options for your unique needs.
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