Dental Health and Your Diet
Your diet has a powerful effect on your oral health. Maintaining a balanced diet can improve your oral health and help you continue to enjoy a beautiful smile, while consistently eating unhealthy foods can damage your teeth. By avoiding foods high in sugar and acid, you can protect your smile from tooth decay, gum disease, and other problems.
Here are a few tips on how to improve your diet and oral health:
- Drink lots of water throughout the day. This will help wash away food particles that harmful bacteria can feed on, thus helping keep your teeth cleaner until you can brush and floss.
- Try to avoid snacks between meals, whenever possible. Saliva production is slower between meals, which means more food will stick around your teeth and provide food for decay-causing bacteria.
- Eat a balanced diet with whole grains, fruits and vegetables, proteins, and dairy. Don’t focus too much in one good group.
- Continue your dental hygiene habits of brushing and flossing daily, and regularly visiting the dentist.
- Talk with your doctor before making any major diet changes.
If you have questions about how your diet can affect your dental health, please feel free to call us at 314-968-1553 and make an appointment with Dr. Wintermantel at our office in St. Louis, Missouri.