How Your Diet Can Affect Your Smile

plate of snacksA healthful and nutritious diet helps keep your body in shape, and has a positive affect on oral health and your smile as well. While adult teeth don’t grow or shrink with the calories you eat, they are nourished by the food you eat. Not surprisingly, they can also be harmed when your eating habits don’t support them. Checkups and cleanings offer your Newhall, CA, family dentist a chance to assess your oral health, and smart food choices can bolster your your diligent efforts to help prevent cavities.

Tooth Enamel Needs Minerals

You don’t see the work your body does, replacing and strengthening your tooth enamel. This hard layer protects the tender inner tooth and nerves, and when weakened, it can lead to decay. While your dentist can treat a cavity with a tooth colored filling, our trusted team will tell you that preventing cavities is the best option to preserve your smile.

Limit Sugars and Starches

Our mouths harbors many types of bacteria, and there is no way to avoid that. However, limiting sugars and starches limits the growth unhealthy bacteria. Without the easy food supply, and with careful daily brushing and flossing, you can make it harder for tooth decay to gain a start, in both children and adults.

When You Eat Matters Too

In an ideal world, we would eat just a few times a day, and carefully clean food particles from our teeth afterwards. In the real world, we may be snacking, sipping on sodas, and possibly chewing gum or sucking candy throughout the day. The more time food particles are on the teeth, the more chance they can lead to cavities. Try to eat at set times, and rinse with water or brush your teeth afterwards. Sip on water throughout the day, rather than sweetened drinks, and use sugarless gum and lozenges, to avoid bathing your teeth in sugars.

Proper Nutrition Can Help Prevent Cavities

If you have questions about what you eat and how it affects your teeth and your overall oral health, then contact our team today. To learn more about cosmetic dentistry, then please schedule a consultation by calling Newhall Dental Arts in Newhall, CA, today at (661) 259-7760.