Posted on 9/13/2018 by Edelweiss Dental Implant Center
Our bodies are incredibly complex machines with countless processes happening simultaneously. Most of these processes are out of our control but the one thing that we have almost complete control of is our dietary habits, what we choose to consume and put into our bodies.
Our dietary habits have a greater impact on our oral health than perhaps any other factor. The foods and liquids that we consume determine a multitude of things, including but not limited to: the PH balance of our mouths and bodies, the state of our health and immune system, the amount of water hydration in our bodies, and the amount of inflammation occurring in the body at any given time.
Sugar is a major contributor to tooth decay and overall poor dental hygiene, avoid it all costs! Even natural occurring sugars found in fruit and fruit juices contain harmful sugars. In order to be fully aware of your sugar intake it is highly recommended to read the ingredients and nutritional facts found on virtually all foods and drinks.
Here are some dietary tips to improve your Oral and overall Health:
Eat lots of Fruits and Vegetables, for optimum health these should make up at least 50% of your diet
Eat whole grain foods, avoid white rice and white bread
If you feel the compulsion to eat dairy, make it low-fat or fat-free
Vary your protein sources for optimum health, lean protein choices are best
Limit your snacking and drinking to in-between meals, if you must snack between meals eat vegetables or fruits
Limit your coffee intake, every drink of coffee with sugar is like bathing your teeth in acidic sugar
Eat high calcium foods like leafy greens and plain yogurt
Avoid sugar substitutes, they may not actively hurt your teeth but can contribute to other bodily problems that will contribute to poor dental health