What you eat/drink have a direct impact on your teeth, gums, and the mouth in general. Sadly, most people never realize how much their daily habits affect their oral health until they are suffering from gum disease or tooth decay. To avoid a similar fate, take note of the following:
Steer Clear of Carbonated Drinks
Typically, carbonated drinks have high sugar and acid content, making them very bad for the teeth and the gums. Sugar and acid wear down tooth enamel, leaving it unprotected and vulnerable to cavities. The buildup of sugar in the mouth also en-dangers the gum, increasing the risk of gingivitis and periodontitis.
Avoid Fruit Juice
When people want to cut down on their soda consumption, they move to fruit juices. In truth, they are not much better off. Juices have as much sugar as sodas, and citric juices have citric acid, meaning the enamel is still in danger.
Eat your Veggies
Dark green vegetables like spinach and kale have high vitamin B content, and they help fight against gum disease. Leafy greens are rich in calcium, which helps the enamel and the teeth grow stronger.
Milk is rich in phosphorus and calcium and helps repair enamel that was worn down by acids. It also contains casein, a protein that strengthens the enamel and fights against tooth decay.
When it comes to oral health, no drink has more benefits than water. Just by drinking it, water cleans off all food crumbs, acids, sugars, or bacteria in the mouth. By doing so, it helps prevent plaque, as well as bacteria and acid buildup.
Your best bet is to stay away from soda drinks and fruit juices. If you consumed large quantities of either in the past, you’d be smart to visit a dentist immediately. For a dental checkup at Texas Premier Dental, call 281-206-0100 to schedule an appointment.