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Diet is an extremely important part of maintaining good oral health, specifically the health of the gums and teeth. Eating foods filled with sugar almost always ensures the development of tooth decay because once plaque is exposed to sugar, it produces acid that attacks the tooth’s enamel, which deteriorates the tooth over time. 

How to Control Sugar Intake 

When shopping for food, it’s important for individuals to read the nutritional facts located on the back of the label to understand what they will be consuming. Labels should list the ingredients as well as how many grams of sugar is in a single serving. Checking labels will allow individuals to select items with the least amount of sugar possible. Products that are high in sugar include juices, candy, pastries, and other sweets. Even products that contain unrefined sugar, such as honey, maple syrup, and molasses, have the same negative effect on the teeth as products that contain refined sugar. 

There are some foods that may not contain as much sugar but still leave behind a residue that the bacteria in the mouth quickly converts into sugar. Such products include cereals, popcorn, and other starchy foods. 

For those who don’t have the time to select their foods or feel overwhelmed by the process, a dental professional can suggest healthy foods that are beneficial for oral health. Lacking certain nutrients could make the tissues in the mouth unable to fight off infection, which is why it’s important to discuss proper diet with a dentist or professional nutritionist. 

Choosing Beneficial Eating Habits

Choosing better eating habits will prove rewarding in the long run, especially when it comes to preventing tooth decay and gum disease, which is highly common amongst children and adults. One of the most beneficial actions to take is to drink as much water as possible every day. This helps flush out any unwanted bacteria, food particles, and debris from the teeth. ‘

How Diet Affects Oral HealthNext, individuals should avoid snacking in between meals if possible. If a snack is necessary, eating fruits or vegetables is more effective than eating processed snacks. Eating meals instead of snacks creates more saliva production, making bacteria build up and acid attacks less likely. Lastly, composing meals with ingredients from the five major food groups ensures a balanced diet full of necessary nutrients. 

San Diego Preventative Dentistry

At McBride Dental, we provide our patients with healthy recommendations to incorporate in between their annual visits with us to ensure they are keeping their teeth and gums healthy. We also offer preventative care services, cosmetic dentistry, implant services, and more, to help our clients enjoy the smile of their dreams. It’s important to maintain appointments with us throughout the year so that we can check for any developing asymptomatic issues, treat any current issues, and prevent any unwanted issues. If you are in the San Diego area, contact us today to set up an appointment at 760-471-1003. Our number one priority is to help you perfect your smile.

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