How Your Diet Affects Your Teeth

Have you ever wondered why we have a Food Pyramid and suggested Dietary Guidelines?  A balanced diet not only keeps your body healthy, but your diet can affect many aspects of your overall health and wellness, including the health of your teeth. Here’s how can you make sure your diet doesn’t harm your teeth.

Control your citrus intake.

Sure, it’s important to get your daily recommendation of fruits and vegetables. But be mindful of how many acidic fruits you consume. Frequent exposure to acidic food can cause enamel erosion and make your teeth more susceptible to decay. Fruits, such as oranges, pineapples, strawberries and kiwi, are more acidic than apples, peaches and blueberries, for example.

Watch out for sugars.

When you think of foods that contain high amounts of sugar, do you think of candies, cakes and even soft drinks? If so, you’re absolutely right. In fact, soft drinks have become one of the most significant sources of tooth decay. Consider switching to a beverage that is better for your health. Try drinking more water, milk or 100 percent fruit juice.

Don’t forget about dairy!

According to the National Institutes of Health, your teeth and bones store 99 percent of your body’s calcium. Milk and other dairy products contain calcium that are easily absorbed by your body. In addition, they contain proteins called caseins, which combine to form a protective film on the enamel. This helps to prevent decay from acid caused by bacteria.

In addition to eating well, it’s important to have proper oral hygiene. The American Dental Association recommends you brush your teeth for two minutes twice a day and floss once a day. If you have any issues, be sure to consult with your dentist as soon as possible.

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The information contained above is intended to be educational in nature, does not constitute medical advice, and should not be relied on as a substitute for actual professional medical advice, care or treatment. If you have any vision, dental or other health related concerns, VBA encourages you to immediately contact your optometrist/ophthalmologist, dentist/orthodontist or any other competent, licensed, medical professional.