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How Dental Habits and Diets Go Hand-In-Hand

closeup of the face of a woman eating a green appleIt’s been two months since the start of 2016 and hopefully, you’re still working on those resolutions that you promised you wouldn’t break this year—but is there one you may have missed? Dental health plays a significant role in overall health, so it’s not too late to add ‘taking care of your tusks’ to the top of this year’s list! Research shows there’s a critical link between oral health and systemic conditions, such as cardiovascular disease and diabetes.

Keeping your dental health in check is more than just paying attention to your teeth and gums—it means being conscious of the foods you eat and how often you eat them. Simply put, bacteria from things we eat and drink convert the sugars and carbohydrates to acids. It’s those nasty acids that attack the enamel on the teeth, enacting the tooth decay process to begin its downward spiral path. The more often you eat harmful snacks and sugary drinks, the more frequently you are exposing your teeth to tooth decay, gum disease or other serious factors that can affect your overall health.

The good news is that both tooth decay and gum disease are almost entirely preventable with a well-balanced diet and good dental habits. This month, we’ll take a look at different ways you can achieve and maintain great dental health. Stay tuned for Tip #1 coming next week!