Let’s face it: We’re all at risk for cavities. But you can make adjustments in your diet so that you eat for a healthy mouth.
You can significantly lower your risk by limiting the amount of sugar and carbohydrates that come in contact with your teeth in the first place.
The longer food that promotes plaque bacteria stays in your mouth, the worse it is. So it’s not necessarily the amount of sweet and starchy foods you eat, but how often you eat them.
These tips can help you Eat for a Healthy Mouth:
- If you consume sugary foods, do so with your meals rather than in between. Saliva production increases during meals, which helps neutralize acid production and rinse food particles from the mouth.
- When consuming acidic drinks, including fruit juice and carbonated beverages, drink quickly and use a straw for limited contact with teeth and gums. Don’t swish them around in your mouth.
- To prevent tooth erosion, rinse with water after consuming high-acid food such as tomato sauce and dill pickles, as well as acidic drinks such as soda and fruit juice. Water will dilute the acids.
- Brush your teeth twice daily with a soft toothbrush and floss at least once a day. Make sure your toothpaste contains an approved amount of fluoride to protect your teeth.
- Cut down on sweet and starchy between-meal snacks. When sugars or starches in your mouth come in contact with plaque, the acids that result can attack teeth for 20 minutes or more after you finish eating. Repeated attacks can break down the hard enamel on the surface of teeth, leading to tooth decay.
We offer nutritional classes in our raw food kitchen that are focused on whole body health as well as good dental and oral health. You can see an excerpt from one of our classes here:
You can also receive Nutritional Counseling from our partner Coda Health Kitchen. Call today for a free phone consultation. Coda Health Kitchen offers nutritional counseling in our Boulder office at 303- 443-0070
Additional helpful information:
“Snack Smart for Healthy Teeth” National Institute of Dental and Craniofacial Research.
“What is Tooth Decay?” Know Your Teeth, Academy of General Dentistry. February 2007.
“Nutrition-Adults” Know Your Teeth, Academy of General Dentistry.
“Tooth Erosion” Academy of General Dentistry.
“Cleaning Your Teeth and Gums: Frequently Asked Questions” American Dental Association.