Your body needs good, nutritious food to get through the day. Why would your teeth be any different?
When you eat sugar, the bacteria in your mouth creates acid. In addition to breaking down the sugar, acid erodes tooth enamel – leading to tooth decay. This is particularly true with sugary drinks, since these are generally enjoyed over a longer period of time. This creates additional acid in your mouth, leading to even more decay.
The best diet for your teeth and gums is one that is rich in whole foods and low in sugar. Try to center your diet around balanced portions of lean meats, vegetables, fruits, grains, nuts, and dairy products. We also recommend limiting drinks that aren’t water as much as possible.
Some things to keep in mind:
- The more you snack, the more likely you are to suffer from tooth decay.
- Both carbohydrate rich and acidic foods will lead to decay.
- Brushing and flossing, while helpful, will not completely eliminate the negative effects of a poor diet.
- High-sugar and processed foods lead to decay, as well as other general health issues like diabetes.