We can always stand for a little self-improvement. Our diets aren't always put under scrutiny, and sometimes it's wise to check in with yourself. Exactly what are you putting into your body each day? The choices you make affect your systemic health, but they also determine the state of your mouth. Every bite and sip you take passes over your teeth and gums before entering your digestive system. Making sure that those foods and drinks are tooth-healthy will keep your oral health hardy.
Keep Your Teeth Bright and Decay-Free - Avoid These Bad Guys
If you make a conscious effort to eat right, that's the first step. Being aware of how much sugar you're consuming will help you make the right choices. Sugar is a top offender when it comes to whole-body and oral health - too much can lead to cavities, obesity, and diabetes. While dietary recommendations are always changing, the most recent from the The World Health Organization has cut down sugar consumption even further. The sugar we eat should only provide 5% of our daily energy. How does this translate? For a healthy adult, 5% means about 25 grams (6 teaspoons) of sugar. Check the nutrition information on the food you regularly eat to monitor its sugar content. You know that sugar causes cavities - that's been emphasized since childhood. But there are other pressing problems that certain foods and drinks cause. In addition to dental caries, you want to avoid sources of tooth stains and enamel erosion. Both lead to a duller, weaker smile. Some of these sources include:
Seattle Dentist's Tips to Build Tooth-Healthy Diets
Make sure your snacking and dining are built around the following choices.
Looking for personalized tips? Schedule your next dental exam so that Dr. Okamura may evaluate your oral health and plan a path forward.