Now that you’ve read about the negative impact sugary and acidic foods can have on your dental health, you’re probably left wondering, “What’s the good stuff that will help me protect my teeth?”
Think FIVE; think VARIETY
Remember those five major food groups you learned about in school? Eat a variety of foods from those groups: whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean sources of protein and low-fat/fat-free dairy foods.
Just like in everything else in life, make sure your snacks are balanced.
In other words, limit the number of snacks you eat during the day and in the evening. When you do eat snacks, various cheeses, yogurts, fruits and vegetables are the best go to sources.
Drink WATER, WATER, and more WATER!
Water helps keep your mouth moist with saliva, which protects both the hard and soft oral tissues in your mouth. Try sugarless gum and candy to stimulate saliva and loosen acids too!
Develop and maintain good dental habits.
It’s important to make sure you’re brushing twice a day with fluoride toothpaste, flossing daily and visiting your dentist regularly. This important dental care plan alone can help you and your dentist prevent oral problems from even starting and/or diagnose issues in the early stage of the process, making them much easier to treat!
The dental health bottom line?
Poor nutrition can lead to tooth decay, tooth loss, periodontal disease and so much more! So while you’re getting the rest of your body in fit, healthy shape this year, make sure you’re maintaining your dental health as well!