What you eat affects your entire body from the top of your hair to the end of your toe! The foods you choose and how often you eat them affects your immunity, mood and of course, the health of your teeth and gums, too. If you consume too many sugar-filled sodas, sweetened fruit drinks or non-nutritious snacks, you could be at risk for tooth decay.
Tooth decay is actually the single most common chronic childhood disease, but the good news is that it is entirely preventable with good nutrition, high calcium diet, fresh fruits and veggies and low sugar .
Tooth decay happens when plaque come into contact with sugar in the mouth, causing acid to attack the teeth. Foods that contain sugars of any kind can contribute to tooth decay. To control the amount of sugar you eat, read the nutrition facts and ingredient labels on foods and beverages and choose options that are lowest in sugar. Common sources of sugar in the diet include biscuits, pastries, soft drinks, candy, cookies and chocolates. Your physician or a registered dietitian can also provide suggestions for eating a nutritious diet. If your diet lacks certain nutrients, it may be more difficult for tissues in your mouth to resist infection. This may contribute to gum disease. Severe gum disease is a major cause of tooth loss in adults in India.
Many dentists believe that the disease progresses faster and is potentially more severe in people with poor nutrition and bad eating habits .
To learn what foods are best for you, visit your nearest Partha dental clinic and speak to our consultants about good nutrition for the teeth and gums .
Some well known good food choices are –
1. For healthy living and for healthy teeth and gums, think before you eat and drink. It’s not only what you eat but when you eat that can affect your dental health. Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks. If you are on a special diet, keep your physician’s advice in mind when choosing foods. 2. For good dental health, keep these tips in mind when choosing your meals and snacks: * Drink plenty of water. * Eat a variety of foods from each of the five major food groups, including: * whole grains * fruits * vegetables * lean sources of protein such as lean beef, skinless poultry and fish; dry beans, peas and other nuts like walnuts, Pune nuts , almonds. * low-fat and fat-free dairy foods without sugar . 3. Limit the number of snacks you eat. If you do snack, choose something that is healthy like fruit or vegetables or a piece of cheese. Foods that are eaten as part of a meal cause less harm to teeth than eating lots of snacks throughout the day, because more saliva is released during a meal. Saliva helps wash foods from the mouth and lessens the effects of acids, which can harm teeth and cause cavities.
4. Avoid sugary drinks , fruit drinks that are packaged and sticky candies . 5. For good dental health, always remember to brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste that has the Indian Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, floss daily and visit your dentist regularly. With regular dental care, your dentist can help prevent oral problems from occurring in the first place and catch those that do occur in the early stages, while they are easy to treat. For any teeth or gum related problems, visit your nearest Partha dental clinic today !