Diet Changes For Healthier Teeth In Arlington TX

Family Dentistry in Arlington TX

Hello, I am Dr. Stephen Ratcliff of Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington TX. Today’s blog topic is ‘How Your Diet Affects Your Smile.’

I’m sure you brush and floss regularly and hopefully visit your Arlington TX cosmetic dentistry practice for cleanings, but did you know that making small changes to your diet can improve your oral health?

Most Arlington TX residents are aware that sugar found in candy, cookies, and sodas can harm your teeth, but some people don’t realize that all carbohydrates can cause cavities. A handful of pretzels or a piece of pumpernickel bread can have the same effect on your teeth as a fudge brownie.

All carbohydrates break down into simple sugars, which are converted into plaque, which can then cause cavities and gum disease. Carbs are naturally sticky and adhere to your teeth. Eating carbs with meals is healthier than eating them as snacks because more saliva is generated at mealtime. Saliva helps prevent food particles from sticking to teeth.

At Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry, I continue to see tooth damage caused by sodas and sports drinks. If you choose to drink them, sip them through a straw. By limiting the contact of these drinks on your teeth, you will help preserve your enamel.

Another way Arlington TX folks can improve their oral health is to get 800mg of calcium a day for men and 1,000mg for women under 50. Calcium helps strengthen your jaw and secure your teeth firmly in the jaw bone.

Diet alone will not prevent cavities and gum disease for Arlington TX folks, however, a few changes in eating habits can help maintain healthy teeth and gums.

My staff and I at Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry are accepting new cosmetic and family dentistry patients in the 76013 zip code area. I encourage you to call 817-274-7875 today to schedule an exam and cleaning.

Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry offers a full menu of general and specialty dental services including family dentistry and restorative dentistry. For more information, call today to schedule an appointment or visit

Dr. Stephen Ratcliff
Stephen Ratcliff, Family & Cosmetic Dentistry
909 W Mitchell St
Arlington, Texas 76013