Oral Health and Diet:
Proper nutrition means eating a well-balanced diet so that your body can get the nutrients needed for good health and wellness. Choosing the right foods in your diet is an important aspect of having healthy teeth and good oral hygiene. Establishing good nutritional habits in kids and teenagers can be especially beneficial for good eating patterns and food choices throughout their lives.
How Nutrition Affects Oral Health?
The foods that you eat come in contact with the germs and bacteria that live in the mouth. If you don’t brush, plaque will accumulate on the teeth. Plaque thrives on the starches and sugars that are found in a lot of foods. When plaque combines with the sugars and starches, an acid is produced that attacks the enamel on the teeth, and eventually, causes tooth decay
Fruits, milk, cereals, bread, and some vegetables contain sugars and/or starches. Carbonated sodas, sweet fruit drinks, and sugary snack foods should be limited.
We don’t have to avoid these foods, just keep in mind that you should eat a balanced diet, brush your teeth twice a day and floss daily.
- Eat a variety of healthy foods from the five major food groups
- Cut down on snacking in between meals
- Drink plenty of water
- Limit snacks and drinks that are high in sugar
- Brush twice a day
- Floss Daily
While eating healthy foods and avoiding snacks and drinks that are high in sugar are good ways to prevent cavities. Plaque can be removed by brushing and flossing thoroughly. If you have a severe sweet tooth, try starting out by replacing one snack a day with healthy choices.