Most people are aware of the importance of brushing and flossing, as well as regularly visiting the dentist for cleanings. However, did you know that what you eat can affect the health of your teeth and gums? Even if you brush and floss twice a day, a bad diet can still impact your oral health. Dr. Glen Wainwright and his dental team at Austin Dental Care aim to help their patients improve their oral and physical health. Here are a few tips for creating a diet that benefits you:
Avoid Sugary Foods and Drinks
The same bacteria that cause tooth decay feed on sugar. A huge risk factor for developing tooth decay is a diet that is high in sugar. We advise patients to clean their mouth after eating or drinking sugary treats. Chewing sugar-free gum can also help wash residual sugar out of the mouth. As with anything, sugar is okay in moderation. Fruits are rich in nutrients but also sugar. Brush your teeth whether you’re eating candy or fruit because sugar causes decay no matter the source.
Enjoy Dairy Products If You Can!
Milk, cheese, and yogurt are rich in calcium and protein, which strengthens teeth. Yogurts and other cultured dairy are probiotic in nature, which means that they help good bacteria crowd out bad decay-causing bacteria in the mouth.
Eat Your Vegetables
Vegetables are a great source of nutrients and minerals you need. Leafy greens such as spinach are rich in calcium, which strengthens teeth, and folic acid, which is a nutrient that has been shown to reduce tooth decay. Crunchy vegetables such as carrots and celery have high water content to help clean out sugars and bacteria. Their crunchy texture also scrapes teeth clean as you chew.
Call Our Office Today
Contact Austin Dental Care for a dental cleaning or other treatments at 512-518-6392. You may also request an appointment with Dr. Wainwright on our website.