We all know that maintaining a healthy diet is important to overall wellness of the body. And just as what you eat affects things like your weight, energy level, and ability to fight illness, so too can your food influence your dental health.
One of the biggest factors is sugar. Sugar leads to tooth decay, when it comes into contact with plaque in the mouth and causes acid to attack teeth. Over time the enamel wears away and does not grow back. Cavities can also develop. The more sugar in your diet, the greater your risk of tooth decay. Tooth decay is the most prevalent chronic childhood disease. You should avoid foods with high sugar content, such as soda, candy, cookies, and other non-nutritious snacks. Deficiency in other nutrients can make you more susceptible to gum disease.
In addition to what you eat, when you eat makes a large difference. Limiting the number of snacks you have each day is a good idea. Food that is eaten with a meal is less damaging than food eating while snacking because more saliva is produced during a meal. Saliva helps wash food from the mouth, and also helps protect teeth from acids.
Choosing good diet options has a positive effect on your oral health. Meadowdale Dental Clinic is here to serve your dental needs in Lynnwood, Washington, and Dr Lois Lee is eager to set an appointment with you today!