How Diet Can Affect Your Oral Health
(For more info on Diet and Dental Health, visit www.ada.org)When you eat, food passes through your mouth. Here it meets the germs, or bacteria, that live in your mouth. You may have heard Dr. Balle talk about plaque. Plaque is a sticky film of bacteria. These bacteria love sugars and starches found in many foods. When you don’t clean your teeth after eating, plaque bacteria use the sugar and starch to produce acids that can destroy the hard surface of the tooth, called enamel. After a while, tooth decay occurs. The more often you eat and the longer foods are in your mouth, the more damage occurs.
How do I choose foods wisely?
Some foods that you would least expect contain sugars or starches. Some examples are fruits, milk, bread, cereals and even vegetables. The key to choosing foods wisely is not to avoid these foods, but to think before you eat. Not only what you eat but when you eat makes a big difference in your dental health. Eat a balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks. If you are on a special diet, keep your physician’s advice in mind when choosing foods. For good dental health, keep these tips in mind when choosing your meals and snacks.
What are tips for better dental health?
To get a balanced diet, eat a variety of foods. Choose foods from each of the five major food groups:
- breads, cereals and other grain products
- meat, poultry and fish
- milk, cheese and yogurt
Limit the number of snacks that you eat. Each time you eat food that contains sugars or starches, the teeth are attacked by acids for 20 minutes or more.
If you do snack, choose nutritious foods, such as cheese, raw vegetables, plain yogurt, or a piece of fruit.
Foods that are eaten as part of a meal cause less harm. More saliva is released during a meal, which helps wash foods from the mouth and helps lessen the effects of acids.
Brush twice a day with a fluoride toothpaste that has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance.
Clean between your teeth daily with floss or interdental cleaners.
Visit Dr. Balle regularly. Dr. Balle can help prevent problems from occurring and catch those that do occur while they are easy to treat.
Balle & Associates provides important pre- and post-operation instructions along with proper cleaning and oral hygiene information such as flossing, brushing, and diet. Along with being a member of the American Academy of Implant Dentistry, American Dental Association, Nevada Dental Association, and a delegate for Southern Neveda Dental Society, Dr. Peter S. Balle has advanced training in dental implants and surgically places and restores dental implants. Balle & Associates cosmetic and general dentistry of Las Vegas, Nevada would be glad to answer any of your questions pertaining to any of the dental techniques and information in our web site. For more information, please tour our site our call us at (702) 997-1177 to schedule your Free 15 Minute Consultation with Dr. Balle.
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