Your Oral Health is So Important
As a dentist, I see people of all ages coming to salvage their oral health oftentimes when it is barely salvageable. The common neglect of oral health is rampant in our indulgent society. We have access to every kind of rich food on a daily basis. And, we do indulge in it. In a sense, every day of the year is a holiday when it comes to what people eat. And that is the downfall when it comes to oral health.
Premium fuel for the body is as important as using good fuel in your car. We’ve been told endlessly to monitor our sugar consumption. Sugar is like acid to teeth. It corrodes, causes cavities and disrupts the balance of healthy bacteria in the mouth. Nonetheless, we are a society sugar-obsessed. Sugar is in just about every processed food on the supermarket shelves.
If you were not taught good oral health practices as a child, it is your responsibility as an adult to discover the healthy practices and adjust your behavior if you want to keep your own teeth. Your teeth allow you to smile comfortably and chew correctly.
The American Dental Association provides diet guidelines for good oral health. I’ve provided those guidelines in hopes that you’ll begin to realize their importance.
Keep These Tips In Mind When Choosing Your Meals And Snacks
•Drink plenty of water.
•Eat a variety of foods from each of the five major food groups, including: whole grains, fruits, vegetables, lean sources of protein such as lean beef, skinless poultry and fish; dry beans, peas and other legumes, low-fat and fat-free dairy foods
•Limit the number of snacks you eat. If you do snack, choose something that is healthy like fruit or vegetables or a piece of cheese.
•Foods that are eaten as part of a meal cause less harm to teeth than eating lots of snacks throughout the day, because more saliva is released during a meal. Saliva helps wash foods from the mouth and lessens the effects of acids, which can harm teeth and cause cavities.