What we eat and when we eat it has a big effect on our teeth. The team at Stephen Ratcliff Family and Cosmetic Dentistry wants everyone to take good care of their dental health with good food choices.
The Sugar Problem
Bacteria in the mouth converts sugars to acids. These acids begin to attack enamel and initiate decay in teeth of all ages. Watch out for the chocolate bars, hard candies, cookies, cakes and pies, and their high sugar content. There is sugar in fruit, too (fructose). But many have high water content, which can dilute the effects of the sugars they contain. Don’t take them for granted, but they aren’t the problem that confections are.
Acidic Food Coupling
Oranges, tomatoes, lemons and the like should be eaten as part of a meal to decrease the acidic effects. It is wise to eat a variety of healthy foods such as cheeses, chicken, other meats, nuts and milk. The calcium and phosphorus will boost tooth remineralization.
Timing of Meals
The more often you eat, the more often your teeth are subject to the decay process. This can be minimized by picking healthy snacks, and by rinsing or brushing after snacking. And keep in mind, the later at night you eat the more likely you are to not only eat unhealthy foods, but to skip oral hygiene altogether.
At Stephen Ratcliff Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Arlington TX, we emphasize good food choices and dental health. We also urge you to see us every six months for a cleaning and checkup. We provide general and cosmetic dentistry, including complete smile makeovers. Call today to schedule a consultation.
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