Is Your Diet at the Root of Your Dental Issues?
Our diet plays a major role in overall health, which can also impact teeth and gum tissue. When visiting the dentist, your teeth provide many clues as to what type of diet you consume … lots of sugary snacks and beverages can lead to dental decay; coffee, tea, red wine, colas may result in dental stain; an unhealthy diet coupled with some lifestyle issues like smoking, extensive alcohol consumption or illicit drugs can translate into gum disease and the potential for tooth loss.
There are many positive diet measures that can be taken to enhance dental health in addition to maintaining overall good health:
- Limit sugary snacks and beverages opting instead for fruits and vegetables if you get the munchies.
- Forego the soda pop and choose water as your beverage of choice. Plenty of water will help you keep your mouth flushed of bacteria that can lead to plaque build-up. This is particularly important if you fail to generate sufficient saliva to help keep teeth and oral tissues lubricated.
- If you chew gum, make sure it is sugar free. This pertains to mints as well.
- Avoid biting on anything hard like rock candy or ice; and whatever you do, do not use your teeth to open packages or chew on inanimate objects like pens or pencils. This can lead to chipped, cracked or broken teeth.
- Stained teeth can be the result of consuming beverages and foods that are dark such as coffee, tea, red wine, cola, tomato sauce, beets just to name a few. If you plan to partake in any of the items that can stain, try to brush and rinse shortly after consumption.
- Sores in the mouth can originate from eating spicy or acidic foods. Even foods with sharp edges like chips can irritate soft mouth tissues. If canker sores occur often, analyze what you may be eating prior to an outbreak. A food journal can help you keep track of the foods that may create problems.
In addition to eating a nourishing diet, a daily oral regimen of flossing coupled with brushing a minimum of twice per day with a fluoridated tooth paste or gel will help keep plaque build-up to a minimum. Of course, twice yearly visits to the office of Dr. Melisa Christian are important for a thorough cleaning and exam. Call 214-522-4330 to reserve an appointment today.