If you care about maintaining a healthy and beautiful smile, then you may have already taken several steps to help protect your teeth and gums. For instance, you might be diligent about brushing your teeth twice a day, as recommended by your dentist, and even about seeing the dentist at least twice a year for professional checkups and cleanings. That said, if you are not making smart choices about what you eat and drink, you are still at a high risk of struggling with cavities and gum disease. What you consume on a daily basis can great impact your overall health, including your smile, so make sure that you are choosing healthy items as often as possible.
Don’t Overdo the Sugar
One of the biggest culprits behind many cavities’ development is consuming too much sugar on a regular basis. Sugar allows bacteria in the mouth to create acidity, which can erode the teeth’s enamel, leading to sensitivity and eventually infection. Therefore, the more sugar you consume, the more likely you are to suffer from many dental problems, including cavities.
Limiting obvious sweets, like desserts, is a smart choice. That said, you should also avoid packaged foods with high sugar content. So check the labels to see if sugar is a leading ingredient before you buy. You might be shocked to learn just how many of your favorite foods are filled with added sugar.
Drink Plenty of Water
A simple way you can help to protect your smile is by drinking more water. Water is essential to your overall health, but it is especially important to your smile. That’s because water can help to gently rinse food particles and bacteria from the mouth. It also helps you produce saliva, which is a natural defense against tartar.
Saliva makes it more difficult for bacteria to stick to the surface of the teeth, where it can cause erosion.
What Cranberries Do for Teeth
Glucans (plaque lining) cover teeth and house bacteria. Compounds found in cranberries interfere with glucan creation and lower acidity levels caused by bacteria. Studies conducted by food scientists found S. mutans levels decreased 70%. Although the molecules in cranberries that contribute to oral health do not rid your mouth of bacteria, the fruit does stand in the way of what leads to tooth decay.
Want to Protect Your Smile?
Schedule a preventive appointment with Dr. Fondriest by calling Lake Forest Dental Arts at (847) 234-0517. We welcome patients from the North Shore area of Chicago.