It’s that time of year when resolutions are made, exercise clothes are purchased, and gym memberships are renewed. Most people renew their vows to their health, but most don’t think about their dental health. If a brighter, healthier smile is on your list of resolutions for 2016, here are our recommendations on meeting your goals.
Diet for your Body & Your Mouth
No, we don’t really mean you should go on a diet. However, cutting or moderating some foods can impact your oral health. The foods listed below are some of the most damaging for teeth, so minimizing them at all can have a huge impact on the health of your teeth! Starting the year with a fresh smile should be on your list of resolutions.
- Acid: Citrus Fruits, Coffee, Vinegar
- Refined Sugar: Candy, Sodas, Sports Drinks
- Starch: Pastries, Cake, Breads
If your diet is high in acidic foods such as citrus fruits, coffee, or vinegar, the pH levels in your mouth may be causing erosion on the enamel of your teeth. This makes them more susceptible to decay. Try drinking more water in between acidic snacks or using an enamel strengthening toothpaste.
Eating a lot of refined sugar may be just one of the reasons people experience decay, but it is the fastest way to get really terrible cavities. Sometimes we can tell just from a glance if your cavity was caused by refined sugar! We would definitely recommend cutting these foods and snacks down for your overall health, but other preventive measures include drinking more water, brushing mid-day, and flossing twice daily.
Starch also contains sugars. When bread gets stuck in your teeth, it’s more likely to sit in the grooves of your molars, allowing the starch time to break down into sugar and cause decay. Make sure to floss or brush after eating starchy foods to reduce your risk of decay.
Contact Carolina Smiles Family Dentistry for your comprehensive exam and tips on how to improve your personal oral health in 2016! If you have new dental insurance, we’re happy to help you understand your claim and billing.