For most of us, there’s something uplifting about a delicious treat rich in sugars or starch. From french fries to smooth, delicious ice cream, there’s little that brings a smile to our face. Unfortunately, these treats are packed with things that can have a dramatic impact on the health of our teeth. Both sugars and starches play directly into the growth and development of bacteria that are harmful to our oral health. The starches convert into sugars, and bacteria feed on those sugars to produce acid and biofilms like plaque and tartar. So what can you eat that will ensure that your teeth stay healthy?
Before we start talking about the kinds of food, you can eat to help improve your dental health and that of your whole body, let’s start with one very basic step. Drink plenty of water. Hydration helps every part of our body function better and helps to keep our mouths free of debris and acid. It also helps ensure that we can produce enough saliva, which serves as a primary form of defense against tooth decay.
These foods form the foundation of a great tooth-healthy diet and are good for the rest of you as well. Just remember, in addition to eating right, you want to get plenty of water. It really is that important.
If you’re interested in getting more guidance on building a tooth-healthy diet, give your dental team a call. The experts at your clinic are able to provide valuable information about protecting your teeth, including what foods to choose. Schedule your appointment at your earliest opportunity, and take some time to speak with your hygienist during your exam.