Nowhere does the axiom "you are what you eat" apply better than to your teeth. Your dental health is particularly sensitive to your diet, and your teeth and gums will definitely show it if you regularly consume foods and drinks that aren't good for you. The Azarko Dental Group Edmonton dentists are proud to provide information on how to change your diet to promote good oral health among our general dentistry services. Here are some foods and drinks to cut down on for not only a whiter smile but a healthier smile as well.
The most common type of food that your Edmonton dentist will warn you about is sugary snacks. Excess sugar is harmful to your teeth because it essentially provides the fuel needed by plaque bacteria to grow and proliferate. As a by-product of consuming the sugar, plaque bacteria releases acid which can break down tooth enamel. Limit your intake of candies and other sugary sweets, and your teeth will thank you for it.
Sticky foods are also harmful to your teeth because they tend to "stick" around long after you're done eating. Dried fruit, for example, though might seem like a healthy snack, can actually promote the development of cavities. Stick to fresh fruit instead.
Starchy foods such as bread, potatoes, and potato chips can be bad for your teeth not only because they are more likely to get stuck on your teeth but also because starches break down into sugars. You don't have to cut starches entirely out of your diet, but try to limit your intake and consider brushing your teeth after eating.
Edmonton dentists also frequently warn their patients about the potential dental problems caused by drinking too much carbonated pop. Even carbonated drinks which don't contain sugar are still acidic and will wear away at your tooth enamel over time.
Drinking excessive amounts of alcohol is not only bad for your overall health, but it can lead to tooth decay and gum disease as well. Alcohol dries out the mouth, causing it to produce less saliva to rinse plaque and food particles away.
Low saliva production can also be a problem for people who drink a lot of coffee. If you can't do without your morning cup of coffee to get you going, then make sure you drink a lot of water throughout the rest of the day to keep your mouth hydrated.
Want More Healthy Teeth Tips? Visit Your Edmonton Dental Clinic
Consulting the list above is a good place to start when trying to change your diet for healthier teeth. Your Edmonton dentist can also provide you with many other recommendations for foods and drinks to avoid, as well as food and drinks to include more of in your diet. If you'd like more information on how to take good care of your teeth and gums, just visit an Azarko Dental Group Edmonton dental clinic nearest you.
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