Effects of Nutrition on Your Dental Health

Tooth decay is one of the most common and the most preventable chronic diseases among children today. Although tooth decay is commonly linked to poor dental hygiene, poor dietary habits can also play a role in its development. Good nutrition can have a profound effect on every part of your body, including your smile.

The bacteria that live in plaque are largely responsible for tooth decay. Good brushing and flossing habits can keep plaque at bay, but good dietary habits can help reduce the amount of plaque that forms. Eat a diet low in sugar, which feeds the bacteria in plaque. Avoid processed foods whenever possible, since they tend to be starchy, which means they are more likely to stick to teeth, and sugary. Avoid soft drinks, energy drinks and artificially sweetened juices as well, and drink plenty of fluoridated water instead.

Cheese can help counter the acidic byproducts of oral bacteria while fibrous fruits and vegetables such as apples and celery can mechanically clean teeth. Sugar-free gum can also help keep teeth clean and resistant to oral bacteria. Look for foods that can promote gum health, too. Kiwi, strawberries and oranges are all good sources of vitamin C, and fortified grains can be good sources of folic acid.

Eating a healthy diet, avoiding tobacco, maintaining good dental hygiene and visiting Dr. Frame, Santa Clara dentist, can all work together to keep your teeth strong and healthy and reduce your risk of tooth decay. Give us a call today to learn more or to schedule your next dental checkup.

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