Is Your Diet Wrecking Your Teeth?

If only we had a dollar for every time we were told about the importance of a healthy diet, right? Well, sorry folks but we’re about to give you even more reasons to pay closer attention to what you’re putting in your body.

What you decide to eat and drink affects every part of your body, including your teeth and gums. A healthy diet for your teeth and the rest of your body should start from the time you’re introduced to solid foods as an infant, but is just as important for a full-grown adult.

When you come in for a teeth cleaning at Advanced Smile Arts in Danville, IL, our experienced team will be able to examine your mouth and determine the effect your diet has had on your teeth and gums. When Dr. Mike Fuesting checks your teeth, we want you to pass that exam with flying colors.

How can you be sure your diet isn’t wrecking your teeth?

Avoid These Foods To Prevent Tooth Decay

Let us first say that you don’t have to give up your favorite foods to protect your teeth. Instead, we like to encourage practicing moderation when eating certain foods that could damage your teeth. Some of the most harmful foods for your teeth include:

  • Ice
  • Citrus fruits
  • Soft drinks
  • Sticky foods
  • Fruit juices and sports drinks

If you were surprised to see ice at the top of the list, you’re not alone. Many patients don’t realize the damage you can do to your teeth by chewing on ice. Chewing on things as hard as ice can put you at risk for a dental emergency and you certainly don’t want that! Go ahead and enjoy a beverage on ice, but leave the ice cubes in the glass.

When it comes to citrus fruits and soft drinks, it’s the acid we’re most worried about. That acid can break down the enamel on your teeth, causing permanent damage. Soft drinks are also loaded with sugar.

Sticky foods like candy, dried fruit, and more have a tendency to stay on your teeth longer than non-sticky foods. You can imagine how unhealthy that is for your teeth, especially if the food you’ve eaten contains sugar, acid, or other harmful components. Be aware of what you’re eating and keep up with your regular teeth cleaning habits.

Speaking of sugar, fruit juices and sports drinks tend to be full of it. You’re much better off sticking to water than reaching for a sports drink. And while fruit juices may seem healthy, sugar is usually the first ingredient. Again, water is the way to go.

Best Foods For Your Teeth

If there’s one thing we want you to take away from this, it’s to drink plenty of water. By drinking more water, you’re not only drinking less sugary, harmful beverages, but you’re also providing your body and your mouth with the hydration it needs to function properly.

We also encourage patients to eat a balanced diet. Just like Mom always said, eat your vegetables! A diet that includes whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and lean protein is best not only for your teeth, but for your entire body.

The following foods are considered some of the best for your teeth:

  • Milk, yogurt, and other dairy products
  • Sugar-free chewing gum
  • Leafy greens

Dairy products are loaded with calcium which is essential for strong, healthy teeth. Sugar-free gum helps produce saliva, which is your mouth’s natural cleaning system. Just make sure it’s sugar-free and avoid fruit-flavored if possible for the optimal effect. Fruit-flavored gum can have teeth-damaging acid that was used to create the fruity flavor.

Finally, leafy greens are loaded with fiber and require quite a bit of chewing, which means they work as a natural way to clean your teeth while providing your body with essential nutrients.

Maintain Your Oral Health With Regular Dental Cleanings

While a healthy diet is an essential part of maintaining your oral health, visiting our dentist office for regular teeth cleanings is just as important. Our staff at Advanced Smile Arts would love to answer any questions you may have about caring for your teeth. Call (217) 703-4536 now to schedule a routine dental exam and cleaning.

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