Good Nutrition for Better Oral Health
We are fortunate to live in a time when there is a lot of focus on good health and nutrition. If you ever have a question about healthier food choices, you can usually find the answer online in one or two clicks. While we still have a way to go, more and more people are becoming aware of the role that a nutritious diet plays in their overall health.
But your diet also has an impact on the health of your teeth. A nutritious diet free of processed and sugary foods minimizes the risk of cavities and supports good gum health. And since it improves your general health, it also makes it easier to fight off infections if they do occur.
Foods to Avoid for a Healthy Smile
Following a healthy diet is not hard, but it takes a conscious effort on your part to become better educated and more aware of the foods you put in your mouth and how they impact your oral health.
- Foods high in sugar – Everyone knows sugar is bad for your teeth because it starts a process that creates cavities. Some poor choices, like candy are obvious, but also be sure to watch out for hidden sugars.
- Foods high in acid – Many carbonated drinks are high in acid that can lead to demineralization and erosion of your teeth. And while fruit juice may seem like a healthier choice, remember that many, like orange juice, are also highly acidic.
- Processed foods - You may not realize it, but processed foods are notoriously high in sugar. That bowl of cereal you enjoy for breakfast can add up to 150% more sugar than your normal daily allowance, so check nutrition labels!
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If you live in the Huntsville area and are searching for a top dentist who can provide you with all the help you need for a healthier smile, please call our office!