It’s that time of year when many people resolve to do better, to eat better, and to feel better. While trying to eat better is a great goal to have, making the right choices when it comes to what you eat and drink can be challenging. Eating better food not only helps with your body’s overall health, but it can help with your smile’s health, too. A poor diet can leave you without adequate nutrients to fend off infection. Poor nutrition can cause tooth decay and gum disease. Mindful nutrition starts with choosing things to eat and drink that can benefit your health.
Did you know that approximately 25% of Americans get at least 200 calories a day from sugary drink? Not only is that a high amount of calories to intake but the amount of sugar can be harmful to your teeth. A typical can of soda contains almost twelve and a half teaspoons of added sugar. Replacing soda with water will cut out some excess calories. Drinking water also helps to prevent cavities and gum disease by washing away leftover food and bacteria. Fluoridated water has the added benefit of helping to remineralize your teeth.
When you find yourself craving something sweet, try a piece of sugarless gum instead. When picking a pack of sugarless gum, make sure it has an ADA Seal of Acceptance. Sugarless gum can help cut your sweet tooth craving, as well as helping to clean out your mouth by inducing saliva production.
Sometimes, chewing a piece of gum is just not going to cut it when it comes to your hankering for something sweet or starchy. It is important to remember that if you give into the cravings of the less healthy foods and drinks that you balance it with the healthy. Vegetables and fruit are filled with important nutrients that your mouth and body needs.
Mindful eating and drinking can keep your smile healthy. To schedule a consultation at Austin Prosthodontics, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.