Your diet has an impact on everything from the chemistry in your mouth to the strength of your bones. We all know that eating sugary foods can impact our long-term oral health, but in this article, we’ll discuss how that happens and why.
Impact of Diet on Teeth: Sugar
The process of tooth decay begins when plaque starts to form at the base of the teeth by the gumline. Plaque is a sticky substance that contains unhelpful mouth bacteria. It provides the perfect environment for them to breed. When sugar comes into contact with the plaque in your gumline, it creates an acid that then attacks the teeth, weakens the enamel, and eventually causes erosion or cavity.
If you like sugar drinks as a minor indulgence, you can limit the damage they do to your teeth by simply chasing them with a glass of water. This won’t remove all of the sugar, but it will reduce the harm done to your teeth.
Acidic Foods and Your Teeth
The reason why sugars are bad for your teeth is that they turn to acid in your mouth. Acidic foods have the same impact on your teeth. The strength of the acidity in the food determines how much damage it can do your teeth.
Highly acidic foods (like oranges) can erode tooth enamel. The trick to enjoying these tasty treats is to eat them with a meal. Other substances in your mouth can help neutralize the acid and prevent an attack on your enamel.
Your diet can actually be the source of inflammation, which registers as pain in your brain. This condition is known as diet-borne systemic inflammation, which is heavily correlated to tooth loss and poor oral hygiene. Heavily processed foods and saturated fats are among the types of food that lead to systemic inflammation. An “inflammatory” diet consists of high carbohydrate intake, trans fats, and high caloric intake.
Healthy fats, on the other hand, are an important component of the anti-inflammatory diet. Sources of healthy fats include avocado, olive oil, and salmon each of which is rich in omega-3 fatty acids.
Calcium and Your Teeth
We know that calcium is part of good overall bone health, but it also helps your teeth and gums as well. Those who get the recommended daily dose of calcium in their diet are less likely to develop gum disease which hastens the rate of tooth decay.
Avoid Munching and Snacking
Your mouth needs a a break from eating and drinking constantly. Those who snack more, tend to have poor overall mouth health because those food particles will get stuck in their teeth where they’ll eventually become plaque. Brushing after meals is a good way to prevent this.
Schedule an Appointment With Peak Family Dental Care Today
If you’re concerned about your overall oral health, contact the Flagstaff dental clinic at Peak Family Dental Care today. We will make sure that you’re on the road to a lifetime of excellent oral health.