Your Diet and Your Teeth

“You are what you eat.”
“Once on the lips forever on the hips.”
“An apple a day keeps the doctor away.”

Most people associate managing their weight with these statements – however, if you really look at them you will notice a common thread: eating foods. All eating begins with the mouth, and what you put in your mouth is what you will get out of your health – both your general and oral health.

The mouth is a complex part of the body that has a huge impact on the rest of the body. Yet, it is one of the most neglected parts of the body simply because most people do not realize how important their oral health is to them. The foods that you choose to eat affect more than the size of your pants. Tooth decay is one of the most common chronic diseases among Americans and the single most common chronic disease among children. Tooth decay is also entirely preventable – and one of the best ways to start prevention is with your diet.

Inside every mouth live millions of bacteria just waiting to pounce on the tiny food particles left behind after eating. These bacteria are most attracted to the sugars in your foods, and they will congregate in very large numbers to break down the sugars. As these bacteria work to break down food particles, they produce acids that help them in their endeavors. It is these acids that are the most damaging, causing cavities and gum disease – and where there are sugars in the mouth there are greater numbers of acid-producing bacteria wreaking havoc on your teeth.

Aside from flossing daily and brushing your teeth at least twice a day, maintaining a healthy diet that is low in sugar is the best way to keep your teeth healthy. Drinking water as your main beverage, eating fresh fruits and vegetables, eating whole grains, consuming lean sources of protein, dry beans, and other legumes, and choosing low-fat dairy products is the best way to eat healthy for your entire body.

At South Texas Dental, we understand the relationship between your diet and your oral health, and we want to help you achieve and maintain a healthy, beautiful smile for life. Everyone appreciates a good dessert every so often, but making regular healthy choices will promote optimal oral health. Call us today!

Posted on Behalf of South Texas Dental 

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