August 27, 2018
Nearly all of us understand that eating a nutritious and well balanced diet is important for the health of our bodies; but did you know that it is also vital for your oral health? What you choose to eat affects the health and even the brightness of your smile. Your dentist in Fremont shares what you should know about nutrition and oral health.
Fruits and Vegetables
Your general doctor is always telling you to eat more fruits and vegetables, well, so is your dentist. Fruits and veggies actually help to neutralize the acids in your mouth that cause tooth decay and cavities. They also increase saliva flow, which helps to wash away excess food debris and acts as a natural protectant for your teeth.
Food and Beverages that Cause Discoloration
It is natural over time to lose the bright sparkle of your smile. However, did you know that certain foods and beverages actually accelerate the process? Some of the worst culprits are:
- Tomato or marinara sauce
- Soy sauce
- Berries such as blackberries, raspberries, or blueberries
- Coffee or black tea
- Red wine
You don’t have to completely eliminate these items from your diet but being aware of their effects allows you to drink more water during meals or limit your consumption of certain foods.
Do you find it hard to get through your day without that afternoon snack? You’re not alone! However, snacking throughout the day can actually have a negative impact on your oral health.
This is because snacking doesn’t produce the saliva flow that a meal does, which means that your snack may linger in your mouth longer than it should.
It’s also important to consider the type of snack you’re choosing. Chips, crackers, or breads that are popular snack items are also carbohydrates that tend to be starchy or sticky. Not only do these snacks stick to your teeth, they also convert to sugar which fuels the bacteria that produces the acids that cause tooth decay.
The next time you need an afternoon snack, be sure to reach for your fruits and vegetables.
Do you have more questions about your nutrition or oral health? Your dentist in Fremont has answers! Give us a call today.
About James Block Dentistry
Dr. James Block stems from a long line of dentists that include both his father and grandfather. He has been proudly following in their footsteps providing high quality dental care for patients in Fremont, CA for nearly 30 years. Dr. Block has extensive training in advanced fields of dentistry that allow him to offer services such as neuromuscular dentistry that you won’t find at other practices.
If you would like to contact James Block Dentistry, we can be reached through our website or by calling 510-793-0801.
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