Making healthy choices of what you eat and drink is important to your overall health, but it is especially important to the health of your mouth and smile. The food and drinks that you consume encounter your mouth first, and they can leave a lasting impact. Mindful choices with your nutrition help your waistline and your smile. A diet low in nutrients can leave your mouth unable to fend off infection. A poor diet filled with sugars and starches can lead to tooth decay and gum disease. Good nutrition is all about balance. Balance gives you a sustainable way to indulge while staying healthy.
When it comes to healthy eating, every choice matters. Every choice should be mindful on how what you and drink will impact your physical and oral health. Sugary snacks are better done with a meal instead of a snack because a meal allows for more rinsing saliva production. Shop smarter to avoid bringing temptation into the home. Focus on eating fruits rather than drinking fruit juice; chewing on something like a fibrous apple replicates brushing. Fruit juice is loaded with sugar that can stick to the teeth. Straws help prevent staining from coffee, tea, and dark sodas. Drink water. Drink water. Drink water. Hydration is very important for your body. Water also helps to rinse away harmful acid and bacteria. Fluoridated water can also help strengthen the enamel of your teeth.
There are some healthy habits that can help balance out some unhealthy choices. Sugar and starches create acid that attacks the enamel of your teeth causing tooth decay. These types of food can also lead to bacteria that hides under the gum to cause gum disease. Acidic attacks from sugary and starchy food can last for 20 or more minutes after eating or drinking. Drinking water can help to rinse away some of the bacteria or acid. Chewing sugarless gum can help clear away the harmful debris, if you are unable to get to toothbrush or floss.
Dr. Carmona wants to help keep your mouth 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.