Prevent Dental Problems With These Diet Tips

Dental_CareIt seems like everyone has an opinion on what you should eat and drink! Ranging from paleo diets and plans that aim to lower the amount of processed food in your weekly menus to regimens that tout the benefits of intermittent fasting or eating mostly alkaline-based foods, there is no dearth of information on what you might consume to improve some facet of your physical health. The downside to all this advice is that many of these diets often contradict each other.

Fortunately, there’s a greater degree of consensus among dental professionals about how you should eat and drink to take care of your teeth and gums. Here are a few basic tips that will complement your daily dental care regimen and regular visits to the dentist and help promote optimal oral health.

Diet tips that promote positive dental care

  1. Drink more water! Our bodies need lots of clean drinking water to stay hydrated. Beyond that, water removes debris from the mouth after we eat and helps prevent teeth staining. If you take medications that cause dry mouth, it’s even more critical that you drink at least 64 ounces of water per day.
  2. Focus your diet on whole, nutrient dense foods. Eating lots of fresh fruits and vegetables, nuts, dairy products, and quality sources of proteins such as soybeans or lean meats – especially when those foods are prepared from scratch and not highly processed or refined – is a good way to improve your overall health as well as improve your dental care.
  3. Avoid soda, sugary drinks,  and acidic foods and beverages. Most people know sodas deliver ample amounts of sugar directly to your teeth and gums. But fruit juice also provides concentrated doses of sugar, and the acid in citrus fruits and beverages can damage teeth, as well.
  4. Go easy on the simple carbs. Watch your consumption of chips, bread, pasta and crackers. Simple carbohydrates can linger in your mouth and break down into simple sugars. Bacteria feed on these sugars and cause tooth decay.

“While our daily brushing and flossing routine is a crucial part of a person’s dental care, the foods and drinks we consume are just as important,” says Dr. Carol Ford, a cosmetic dentist with a practice in central Phoenix.

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