How Do Eating Habits Affect Your Teeth?

For the most part, caring for your teeth at home is largely a preventive effort. For example, you brush them at least twice every day and floss them at least once in order to prevent oral bacteria from forming too much plaque on your teeth’s surfaces. However, your teeth can also benefit from more proactive measures, like ensuring you give them enough minerals and nutrients by eating a healthier, well-balanced diet every day.

The harmful things you should avoid

The role of healthy nutrition isn’t discussed as often as the role of unhealthy things, like sugar. Since childhood, many adults still remember being told to avoid eating too much sugar and candy to lower their chances of developing cavities. Other potentially harmful foods, such as foods and beverages that high levels of acids and other carbs, can also contribute to processes that result in the erosion of your healthy tooth enamel and structure. It’s important to limit your teeth’s exposure to such substances, and find healthier foods with plenty of calcium and other essential minerals and nutrients.

The importance of timing

The content of your food is an important factor in whether it’s healthy or unhealthy for your teeth. Yet, it isn’t always possible to completely stay away from foods that have any sugars or acids, or that consist of all of the minerals and nutrients your teeth need. You can tip the balance in your teeth’s favor by planning out your meal and snack times to reduce the risks of sugars and carbs causing excess damage to your tooth enamel. For instance, when possible plan your meals at times when you can conveniently brush your teeth afterward. Or, be sure you’re near a water fountain or have a bottle of water with you to rinse your teeth after you eat or drink anything.

The significant benefits of water

The importance of water to your oral and systemic health can never be overstated. When it comes to your teeth and oral health, however, its importance goes beyond keeping you hydrated. Water neutralizes many of the substances that oral bacteria produce, and helps rinse them away throughout the day between brushing and flossing them at the sink. Also, drinking plenty of water will help ensure that your saliva flow stays consistent and able to continue rinsing away bacteria and food particles to better protect your teeth.

Eat better for a healthier smile

Along with sticking to a good dental hygiene routine every day, eating a healthier and more balanced diet can also help you boost the health and integrity of your teeth. To learn more, or to schedule an appointment, call Lake Orion Family Dentistry in Lake Orion, MI, today at 248-693-6213.