Can Food Affect Dental Health?

Dental Health

What’s On Your Plate? Your San Mateo Cosmetic Dentist Wants to Know!

We all know that brushing, flossing, and regular cleanings are hallmarks of healthy smiles. But did you realize that what you eat also impacts the health, strength and well-being of your teeth?

While we all understand how good nutrition benefits our bodies in general, especially as it relates to weight and the management of chronic diseases like diabetes and heart disease, did you realize that what you eat also affects the health of your teeth and gums?

Think about it.

Your mouth is the gatekeeper to your body — everything you consume passes over your teeth, gums, and tongue. And let’s face it; not-so-great oral health can affect your ability to eat and speak — not to mention your confidence and smile.

Take a minute to evaluate a day in the life of your teeth. Are you exposing them to sugary candy, sticky snacks, and acidic beverages (need we mention soda) all day?

  • Hard candy and gum may taste great, but they coat your teeth with sugar.
  • Starchy foods (like white bread, crackers, and pasta) also break down into cavity-causing sugars.
  • Ice may be a go-to habit, but you run the risk of chipping or cracking your teeth each time you munch.

Food choices that offer lean protein and calcium, like fish, chicken, nuts, and dairy products, can help strengthen your teeth. Crunchy fresh fruits and vegetables not only give your teeth a workout, but they also provide the vitamins and minerals for health maintenance.

Make a Plan

As you would with nutritional plans for your body’s health, the same holds true for your dental health. Keep these suggestions in mind:

  • Read labels for added sugar, fat, and salt. While the calcium in dairy products is good for your teeth, remember to watch your fat content, especially if you’re on a heart-healthy diet.
  • Likewise, many processed foods (especially canned items) contain hefty amounts of hidden sugar and salt. Fill your cart with fresh (or frozen) items as much as possible.
  • At home, you don’t need to brush after each meal, but take a minute to rinse, if possible.
  • Be sure you are brushing and flossing with proper technique, because over-zealous brushing can injure gyms. Be sure to review your methods at your next dental appointment.

Your Smile Says It All

We promote smiles!

When you look good, you feel good — and when you feel good, you smile! A healthy, bright smile is priceless — and San Mateo Center for Cosmetic Dentistry provides services to whiten, brighten, and straighten teeth.

From teeth whitening to Invisalign braces, crowns and implants, our cosmetic dental office in San Mateo will help you achieve the healthy smile you’ve always wanted!

Keep in mind that discolored teeth, gum disease (periodontitis), and bad breath may also signify health concerns such as diabetes, acid reflux, or sinus infections — so be sure to follow-up with a dental health team as well as your primary care provider.