Did you know that the foods and drinks we consume not only impact the health of our teeth, but their appearance too? In today’s blog, your Astoria, NY, dentist is discussing how choosing healthier snacks and beverages could help protect your teeth from issues such as dental cavities and even serious discoloration.
The Causes of Teeth Stains (and Poor Oral Health)
When we eat foods high in sugar and other starches, or consume sugary-rich beverages, this leaves behind particles on and between the teeth. A lack of proper daily oral hygiene could mean these particles remain lodged between the teeth, left for bacteria to consume. In the process of breaking down these stray particles, bacteria will coat the teeth in a layer of plaque buildup. This sticky layer cannot be removed with brushing and flossing, and can harden over time into tartar. Not only does the layer make teeth stains more visible, but buildup weakens and erodes the outer layer of enamel and irritates and inflames gum tissues, increasing the risk of issues like tooth decay and gum disease!
Choosing Healthier Snack and Food Options
To deprive harmful bacteria of a meal, try to choose healthier snack and food options. Add more fresh fruits and veggies to your diet. Not only are they delicious and filled with nutrients, but rougher veggies and fruits like apples, broccoli, and carrots could help scrub away plaque as you consume them. Other healthy options include whole grain products, yogurts, cheeses, and nuts. Sugar-free gum helps control your urge to snack and contains no harmful ingredients! While a healthy diet is critical, you also need to care for your teeth to remove any stray food particles. We recommend brushing your teeth twice a day, once when you wake and again before bed, and also floss before bed each night.
Drink More Water!
Water contains no sugars or acids, and helps keep you hydrated. Try to drink more water, and less sodas or energy drinks, as this not only improves your own overall health, but lowers the risk of cavities too. Remember that sports drinks and fruit juices are also high in sugar too. A better diet, combined with improved brushing and flossing, can help your smile stay healthy until we can open our doors again for checkup and cleaning appointments! If you have any questions about protecting your oral health from home, then please feel free to give us a call.
Do You Have Questions About Keeping Your Teeth Bright?
We want to make sure you have the information you need to keep your smile strong, healthy, and bright from home. To learn more about maintaining a brighter appearance, then schedule a consultation by calling Jeffrey Leibowitz, DDS, in Astoria, NY, today at 718-728-8320.