While you may have heard “you are what you eat,” you may not understand how that relates to oral health and wellness. It has been found that patients who maintain a healthy and nutritious diet will also benefit from a healthy smile. At Aesthetic Dentistry of Georgetown, Drs. Mark Duncan and Mandy Holly may make recommendations regarding foods to avoid and consider when focusing on oral health.
What Are Some Foods That Can Positively or Negatively Impact Gum and Tooth Health?
Foods that can positively impact gum and tooth health include fruits, vegetables, dairy products, nuts, and lean proteins. Eating these foods in moderation provides essential nutrients like calcium and vitamin C, which help to strengthen teeth and gums. Additionally, some studies have shown that certain foods, such as apples and celery, might reduce your risk of cavities by cleaning the teeth when chewed.
Also, processed sugary snacks should be avoided in favor of healthier options since sugar can lead to an increase in plaque build-up and tooth decay. Acidic beverages, like soda or citrus juices, can erode enamel over time if consumed on a regular basis. Hard or crunchy food items or even ice require excessive chewing, which can cause enamel erosion and damage to the gums. It can also result in cracked teeth. Therefore, some of these foods should be eaten in moderation or avoided altogether to maintain good gum and tooth health.
What Additional Steps Can I Take Towards a Healthy Smile?
By following a balanced diet that includes a lot of vitamin-rich fruits and vegetables, while also avoiding sugary snacks and hard foods, you can help ensure optimum oral health and wellness. In addition, you need to brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste and remember to floss daily to keep your mouth clean and free from bacteria.
How Do I Learn More About Caring for My Smile?
Drs. Mark Duncan and Mandy Holley of Aesthetic Dentistry of Georgetown are excited to offer Georgetown, TX area patients solutions for maintaining oral health and wellness through diet and nutrition. If you are located in the community and want to request an appointment with our experienced dental providers with years of combined service to patients in the community, call 512-819-9100 today!