How Your Diet Affects Your Oral Health

shutterstock_81678091While everyone knows that the foods you consume regularly are what fuel your body, what many people don’t realize that these foods can drastically affect your oral health as well. Without the proper nutrients, you can become more susceptible to infection as it gets harder for your body to ward off the bacteria. Most foods – even the unhealthy ones – are okay in moderation, as long as you know where to draw the line. For example, foods that are high in sugars should be kept to an absolute minimum. Unfortunately though, many people are unaware of how much sugar is actually in their daily diet. So how does your diet affect your oral health?

Tooth Decay & Cavities

We already know that infections are more prominent when we don’t incorporate enough vitamins and nutrients into our diet. But, the foods you put into your mouth can physically harm them, too. When plaque is present on your teeth and you eat something with sugar, the sugar and bacteria form an acid together that causes tooth decay. It starts by damaging your enamel and can eventually form a cavity in your tooth if left to progress.

Incorporate All 5 Major Food Groups

The best way to ensure you’re getting enough nutrients is to incorporate the 5 major food groups; whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, and dairy (low-fat or fat-free).

Watch What You Drink

Many times there is more sugar in your drink then there is on your plate. Sodas are some of the worst drinks you could consume for your teeth. In fact, “diet” sodas are even worse than the regular ones when it comes to your oral health (and even your overall health). The best drink to stick to is water – and lots of it!