Good teeth begin with what you eat. The items consumed must go through the teeth before it’s swallowed and digested. While it’s tasty to the tongue, it’s could be harmful to the teeth. Oral health will improve more when we focus on consumption alongside oral hygiene.
Follow these proven tips to keep your teeth healthy and strong.
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
The tradeoff for consuming less sugar is eating more fruits and vegetables. The naturally healthy duo cleans teeth while helping the body receive vital nutrients for overall health. Both contain low saturated fat, sodium, and fat. Like sugar, sodium, fat, and saturated fat can destroy teeth, so low intake is a good thing. Fruits and veggies contain water and fiber as well. When eating acidic foods like oranges and lemons, drink water afterward to wash away the acid.
Eat Less Sugar
There’s sugar added by you, and there’s sugar added by the product. Sugar products include soft drinks, wine, gum, processed foods, candy, cookies, pastries, raisins, cereal, granola, and breakfast/protein/energy bars. Products that may need sugar for flavoring include Kool-Aid, cereal, fruits, coffee, and homegrown smoothies. If possible, eliminate sugar added by-products while reducing the sugar amount you add. Sugar causes cavities because it sticks to the teeth leading to more serious dental problems
Drink More Water
The best way to wash away sugar, sodium, acid, and bad fats is to drink water. Consider it a rinse for teeth and a great substitute for brushing during the day. The water removes food particles stuck in between teeth and carries it with the water down to the stomach. Additionally, water balances pH levels and keeps the body hydrated.
Eat Fewer Snacks
Snacking is dangerous for oral health. Most snacks contain unhealthy sugar, acid, and sodium amounts. Therefore, constant snacking is jeopardizing healthy teeth. Snacking cannot produce enough saliva like eating a meal could, so washing away food particles without saliva is difficult. If possible, cut back on snacking throughout the day or change snacking choices. A good example of a healthy snacking choice is cheese, popcorn, and yogurt. Last, don’t snack before bed unless you’re willing to brush your teeth right after.
What your teeth go through in the digestible process should be enough to take care of them. Therefore, complete every day with good oral health hygiene. Brush and floss your teeth. Use mouthwash. Grab a toothpick to remove hard-to-reach food particles. Last, visit a dentist regularly for a routine checkup.
Author: Lizzie Weakley is a freelance writer from Columbus, Ohio. In her free time, she enjoys the outdoors and walks in the park with her three-year-old husky, Snowball. It’s important to keep in mind that cavities lead to the dentist adding fillings or pulling teeth. If teeth are removed without growing back, dental implants make a nice substitute.