As the upcoming holidays approach, it is common to anticipate indulging in delicious foods. However, with November being Good Nutrition Month, it may be beneficial to incorporate healthy options into your meals to maintain optimal oral and overall health and wellbeing. Our dental practice prioritizes helping you maintain healthy, strong, and bright teeth. A balanced diet that includes nutritionally-rich foods is essential for protecting teeth and gums. Healthy teeth facilitate proper chewing and digestion, while a poor diet weakens the mouth's resistance to infection. Eat healthy foods such as leafy greens, fresh fruits, lean meat, vegetables, and dairy provide the nutrients necessary for thriving oral health.
Unfortunately, sugar is often added to processed foods and beverages and is a significant contributor to tooth decay. Soda, candy, cakes, pies, cookies, and dried fruits are some of the top tooth hazards due to their high sugar content. Even starches like chips, bread, pretzels and cereals can contribute to tooth decay when consumed regularly. Opting for fresh fruits like raw apples, which require lots of chewing and stimulate saliva production, can help satisfy sweet cravings and protect teeth from decay.
Acidic foods and drinks also pose a threat to tooth enamel and gum health. Highly acidic liquids and foods, such as citrus juices, fruit juices, wine, soda, iced tea, sports drinks, and fruits like pineapples, berries, oranges, and lemons, can erode tooth enamel. Waiting 30 minutes after consuming acidic items before brushing and rinsing with plain water for 30 seconds can help protect teeth from acid attacks. Using a soft-bristled toothbrush and brushing gently at a 45-degree angle can also help prevent enamel erosion.
To maintain optimal oral health, it is crucial to stay hydrated, chew sugarless gum to stimulate saliva production, and avoid dry mouth, which increases the risk of tooth decay. Regular dental checkups are also essential for removing hardened dental plaque and detecting potential problems.
As we enter November, we hope you enjoy the holiday season with loved ones while remembering to prioritize your oral health. We are here to assist you in maintaining a healthy smile and body. For any concerns or questions, schedule an appointment with our esteemed team at our clinic in Edina, MN.