November 15, 2015
During the holidays most people aren’t too concerned about their waistline and will pretty much eat what they like when they like, however, what you eat during the holidays, and any other time of the year for that matter, really can affect your oral health.
The majority of people are aware that brushing twice and flossing once each day along with regular checkups with your dentist can go along way when it comes to keeping your teeth and gums healthy, but so can the foods you eat. Watching what you put in your mouth really can help prevent dental caries and gum disease.
If you are a workout fanatic, but are also a fan of sports drinks and energy drinks, you may want to take a step back as energy and sports drinks are loaded with sugar. Add acid to the mix and the enamel on your teeth is eroding before your eyes. Even if you opt for a sugar free sports or energy drink, you are still dealing with acid. Instead of using this as an excuse to stop working out, opt for water instead. Carry a bottle of water with you to the gym and in a few weeks, you won’t be missing those sugary energy and sports drinks.
When it comes to snacking, most people recommend fruits and vegetables. However, munch on dried fruit and you could be putting your teeth at risk. Dried fruit is full of sugar and because it’s so sticky will get caught in between your teeth. Dried fruit will also stick to the fissures and grooves in your molars. If you enjoy dried fruit, make sure that you rinse after you enjoy.
Although everything in moderation really is the key when it comes to a healthy diet, it is important that you rinse after eating starchy foods. That pretzel that you had after lunch has mostly likely converted to sugar and bacteria happily wearing away the enamel on your teeth. Bread, potato chips, fries, and pretzels will stick to your teeth. Rinse as quickly as possible to help prevent tooth decay.
If you are unsure about your diet, call or click and schedule an appointment with your dentist who can help you choose a healthy diet that is good for your body as well as your teeth and gums.
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