Diet plays an important role in your oral health. The foods and drinks we consume can directly influence the health of our teeth and gums. Diets that are high in sugars and starches increase the risk of tooth decay and cavities. On the other hand, diets that are rich in nutrients such as calcium, vitamin D, and vitamin C aid in strengthening our teeth and building healthy bone tissue.
Foods that are high in sugar increase the risk of tooth decay and dental cavities. Bacteria in the mouth thrive on sugar and, when left unchecked, produce acid that eats away at tooth enamel. Over time, this acid wears down the tooth surface, resulting in tooth decay.
A diet high in carbohydrates and starches can result in dental caries, or tooth decay, due to the prolonged exposure of plaque on teeth. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria that forms on our teeth.
Acidic foods and drinks can also wear down tooth enamel. Foods such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, and pickles contain high levels of acid, which can soften tooth enamel over time.
Here is a list of some common foods and drinks that can affect our oral health:
Have you ever stopped to think about how much sugar you swallow every day? Apart from sugar found in candy, cookies, and other sweet treats, several beverages also contain high levels of sugar. Sugar is one of the most common cavity-causing foods; it is better to cut down on your sugar intake to prevent cavities.
Sticky foods include dried fruit, granola, and candy. These foods can cling to your teeth. Over time, these foods can break down your enamel and lead to tooth decay.
Acidic foods can cause dental erosion. Acid softens and wears away the enamel on your teeth. While enamel is the hardest substance inside your body, it is not invincible. Acid exposure can eventually cause tooth decay and cavities.
Alcoholic beverages are some of the worst foods for your oral health. Not only are they acidic and high in sugar content, but they are also a breeding ground for bacteria. As you may be aware, consuming alcohol can lead to dehydration, which can dry out your mouth. When your mouth is dry, your saliva production decreases. Saliva is your mouth’s a natural defense against bacteria. Without it, your mouth is more susceptible to infection and disease.
Nicotine and tar are the main causes of stained teeth. The stains left behind by tobacco products are even difficult to get rid of through brushing and flossing. Smokers who are also heavy drinkers can experience tooth discolorations known as spider stomatitis. This condition causes little white bumps to appear on the tongue, gums, and palate.
Foods that are high in sugar, acids, and carbonation can contribute to dry mouth. This includes coffee, alcoholic drinks, citrus, and carbonated drinks (soda, sparkling water, etc.).
Dry mouth causes symptoms like:
If you are experiencing symptoms like these, let us know! We can create a customized treatment plan specifically for you.
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