How you feed your mouth is equally important to how you clean your mouth. Here is some advice of how to eat to benefit your mouth health, along with your overall health.
One of the most beneficial things you can do for your mouth and overall health is to drink a lot of water. Drinking water cleans out food particles and other debris, washing away sugars and acids that cause tooth enamel damage. Try to avoid acidulated water, such as water with lemon juice in it. Instead, try infusing water with fruits, vegetables, and herbs with lower acid amounts, such as rosemary-watermelon or cucumber-mint.
Second, limit your sugar and acid consumption. Sugar feeds bacteria, which produce an acidic byproduct. This acid eats away at your tooth enamel, causing tooth decay and cavities. Acid from foods and drinks can also eat away at your enamel directly.
If you do choose to indulge in sugary or acidic foods occasionally, eat them with a meal. Foods that are eaten with a meal cause less damage to your teeth than snacks, as more saliva is produced during a meal. Saliva cleans food particles and debris away from teeth. Accompany all sugary or acidic foods with a large glass of plain water.
For more information, call Timber Creek Dental in Fargo, North Dakota, at 701-232-6683. Dr. Mark R. Sheils and our team are happy to help you eat well for healthy teeth!