When people think of way to care for their smiles, they usually consider brushing, flossing, and completing professional dental cleanings. Undoubtedly, these are cornerstones of healthy oral hygiene routines, but there is another aspect of your daily routine that you can optimize to support your oral health—your diet!
Today our Glendale dentists are giving you some information about the types of foods and drinks that can hurt and help your smile. Let’s get started!
Here are some commonly consumed things that can wreak havoc on your oral health…
Sugary foods and drinks
This is a big one! Harmful oral bacteria in your mouth love sugars. When you consume sugary things, you give these bacteria fuel to grow and proliferate. Limit these substances, and rinse your mouth after consuming them.
Acid weakens dental enamel ad leaves it prone to infection and damage. Here are some commonly consumed acidic substances for which to look out: fruit juices, wine, citrus fruits, soft drinks.
You can actually help your smile by making sure to…
Consume garlic, onion, ginger, and fermented foods
All of these things have been shown to limit bacterial production in the mouth!
Drinking plenty of water
Adequate water consumption is crucial for maintaining a healthy mouth. When you are properly hydrated, your body is able to produce saliva, which naturally neutralizes bacteria and re-mineralizes dental enamel. Plus, the very act of drinking water and/or rinsing your mouth with water after meals, helps to dislodge stubborn dental debris and plaque.
Crunchy, water-rich veggies
Carrots, celery, and cucumbers all boost oral health by supplying your body with much needed water. Plus, the physical act of chewing these crunchy veggies can scrape plaque from the surfaces of your smile.
Our Glendale dentists are here to give you any additional information that you may need about how diet can affect your smile. Give us a call to schedule a personal consultation!