Our teeth are exposed to a lot on a daily basis. They are subject to everything we eat and drink. A lot of foods and beverages either have a high sugar content or high acidity and sometimes even both. These foods and beverages can also be natural, like citrus fruits, but other times soft drinks, juices, and sports/energy drinks.
Starches such as bread, potato chips, pasta have simple carbohydrates which can stick to your teeth and grow bacteria causing tooth decay. Choosing whole grains, like whole-wheat bread and brown rice, are a healthier option because while they can still stick to your teeth bacteria don’t grow as fast or easily due to a lower sugar content.
The Importance of Visiting Your Dentist
There are a number of reasons why you want to visit your dentist on a regular basis. First, your dentist has specific tools and knowledge on how to clean your teeth so they can remove more plaque and tartar, hardened dental plaque which is difficult to remove by brushing and flossing alone.
Your dentist will also be able to diagnose any developing diseases and/or infections in your mouth that you are more likely to miss. This could be anything from gum disease to oral cancer. Plus, your dentist will see cavities and other tooth decay then be able to treat it before it worsens into a bigger problem.
What You Can Do
Like we mentioned above, it’s not that you can’t ever have potato chips or a soft drink but be mindful to do it in moderation and reduce frequency. If you can, rinse your mouth out and/or brush/floss your teeth to help protect them after eating foods and beverages that are high in sugar content or acidity. Your have a massive impact on the health of your mouth and teeth.
Chewing sugarless gum helps stimulate your mouth to produce more saliva which helps to buffer your mouth and keep teeth clean. Specifically chewing gum that has xylitol is great for your teeth. It is a natural sugar that cannot be used by bacteria that cause decay.
Maintaining good oral hygiene is always important. Brushing your teeth with a fluoride toothpaste twice a day and flossing once a day is essential. If you have sensitive teeth or want to make the extra effort, ask your dentist about what kind of mouthwash you should use and when to use it.
Ready for an Appointment?
Our family dentist in Kalamazoo, MI, is accepting new patients! To request an appointment with Gentle Dentistry, call (269) 381-3890. We’d be more than happy to give your teeth what they really want, a good cleaning!