The fact that sugar is bad for our teeth is pretty much ingrained in us from a very young age. And it's true that sugar is the fuel for the bacteria that produce the acids that destroy tooth enamel. However, you probably don't hear much about how your overall nutrition also affects your oral health. Your dentist in Mount Pleasant shares some helpful facts on how your diet can help your oral health.
Don't Discount Carbohydrates
While you might be successful in avoiding sugars, it's important not forget about carbohydrates. Simple sugars or carbohydrates can be found in most processed foods and snacks. These carbs turn into the sugar that is harmful to your teeth when digested.
Complex carbs such as the starches found in bread and potatoes also turn into sugar, but the process takes longer. Because starches are sticky, they tend to stick to your teeth and stay around longer than they should. Limiting your carbohydrates helps reduce the sugars in your diet that are harmful to your waistline and your teeth.
Choose Fruits, Vegetables, and Proteins
Foods high in fiber such as meats, fruits, and vegetables increase the amount of chewing you do while eating and this, in turn, increases your saliva flow. Increased saliva helps to wash away food debris and particles left in your mouth, and also neutralizes the acids in your mouth that cause tooth decay.
Be Mindful When Snacking
You don't have to eliminate snacks from your diet if you choose ones that are healthy for your body and your teeth such as:
- Plain nuts
- Fruits and veggies
- Peanut butter
Be mindful when you snack to help avoid tooth decay and cavities.
If you have more questions about your nutrition, contact your team at East Cooper Smiles today to learn more.