Knowing what to eat will not only affect your waistline but can also play a big role on the health of your gum line as well. Due to the fact that tooth decay and gum disease could be the result of what you eat, take the time to look at your own diet and make the changes to turn your smile around and into one that is healthy and happy.
Which foods can improve your health? Listed below are foods you should aware of:
-Avoid simple sugars and carbohydrates. Plaque buildup and bacteria in our mouths can convert these ingredients into harmful acids that can cause loss of tooth enamel. Even foods with natural sugar such as honey can be dangerous to your teeth.
-Avoid eating foods in between meals, including periods of snacking.
-Saliva can neutralize acids in our mouth. Chewing sugarless gum after meals has been proven to stimulate saliva production and aid in the prevention of cavities.
-Some ingredients in foods can remineralize our teeth for healthier and stronger tooth enamel. This includes calcium and phosphorous found in foods such as chicken, cheese, nuts, and milk.
-Look for foods with high water content. Crunchy and watery foods such as pears and apples are excellent at washing away food residue and harmful acids, as well as to facilitate the production of saliva.
-Foods with high acidity can damage your enamel, so be sure to eat them with meals to minimize the effects. This includes many citrus fruits and tomatoes.
If you would like to set up an appointment for treatment with Dr. Haefner and our team, please call 843-884-1215 to set up a visit to our dentist office in Mount Pleasant, SC. Make the change you seek in yourself today.