Regardless of what you eat, it’s essential to maintain good oral hygiene to prevent cavities and disease. However, some foods do more damage than others. The typical American diet exceeds the recommended sugar intake level, and this can wreak havoc on the teeth.
The mouth is host to hundreds of bacteria, good and bad. Good bacteria can keep your breath in check, aid in digestion and reduce oral disease. Bad bacteria can feed on the sugars you consume and convert them into acids that eat away at your enamel. Bad bacteria can multiply at an increased rate when plaque is present.
In contrast, there are a number of healthy foods that actually benefit your teeth. Cheese and yogurt are high in calcium and balance out the ph level in your mouth. The probiotics in yogurt crowd out the bad bacteria in your mouth. Leafy greens are full of vitamins and minerals that are essential to healthy tooth enamel. Apples and carrots are crunchy and full of fiber that stimulates your gums. Almonds are also a great choice because of their high calcium and low sugar content.
If you are experiencing ongoing tooth pain as a result of eating too much sugar, contact Cottonwood Dental right away and set up an appointment. Sure, without proper hygiene even healthy food can cause damage, but sugary foods cause more damage at a faster rate. Eating healthy can go a long way when it comes to a healthy smile!