Have you ever created a diet plan for your oral health? Although many individuals think of their diet in terms of how it affects their physical appearance, it’s also a good idea to think about the products you are consume and how they could potentially affect your teeth and gums. Not surprisingly, most products that damage to your body and cause weight gain can also damage to your teeth and gums. Avoiding unhealthy foods and drinks can play a key role in your oral health.
Avoid products that can easily damage your teeth and gums in your diet. This can include products that are hard and tough to chew, as they can chip and crack teeth, Exercise caution with foods and snacks that can eat through your tooth enamel, and sticky and chewy sweets that can stick to your mouth and increase your rate of tooth decay.
Just as there are several products in your diet that can easily damage your teeth and gums, there are foods that can help improve your smile as well. Apples are great for your body, but did you know that they can also help with your oral health? Apples have been shown to help produce additional saliva just as pears and other crunchy foods that have a high water content. When there’s additional saliva in your mouth, it can help neutralize acids that could potentially damage your teeth and gums. Also, eat foods that are high in the minerals calcium and phosphorus since they can mineralize your tooth enamel.
Dr. Pete Olberding and our team at E. P. True Dental - West Des Moines, IA are here to help you in every way we can. If you would like to set up a dietary assessment, come see us at our dental office. Please call us at (515) 224-9899 to speak with a member of our team.