We all now that eating poorly has a huge effect on your body and health. However, did you know that a poor diet also affects your smile? The food you eat has contact with your teeth before anything else, making it just as important for your mouth as for the rest of your body. Find out how you can improve your oral health via diet with Dr. George Mui at Gentle Dental in Mount Prospect, IL.
Understanding Tooth Decay
Understanding how tooth decay works can help you to understand which foods to avoid or eat while choosing your foods. Decay begins as bacteria in your mouth. Fed by the carbohydrates in the sugars you consume, the bacteria grow into the first stage of tooth decay, a white sticky substance called plaque. You can remove plaque from the teeth by brushing and flossing. However, the plaque which has hardened into the next phase of decay, a harder substance called tartar, can only be removed by a professional dental cleaning. At this stage, the decay begins eating through the tooth layer by layer, eventually causing a hole, called a cavity.
Tooth Healthy Foods in Mount Prospect, IL
One of the easiest ways to keep your teeth healthy is to avoid the foods which cause tooth decay and gum disease. Some of the most common causes of these conditions include foods high in sugar, such as candies, gummies and sugary drinks like soda. Also on the top of the list for decay-causing foods are starchy foods like potato chips. Avoiding foods like these can help you avoid tooth decay.
Try to eat foods high in calcium like cheese, yogurt and other dairies, to help strengthen your teeth from the inside out. Stick to crunchy fruits and vegetables like celery or apples. Drink plenty of water throughout the day to stay hydrated and help wash away food particles and bacteria from the teeth. Leafy greens and fiber-rich foods are also good for your teeth, along with nuts like almonds.
For more information on improving your oral health or which foods can help protect your smile, please contact Dr. Mui at Gentle Dental in Mount Prospect, IL. Call (847) 253-5901 to schedule your appointment with Dr. Mui today!