Eating more fresh fruits and vegetables is a great way to improve your oral health during summer. These natural foods offer all of the following benefits:
- They keep your smile bright. Naturally abrasive foods, such as celery, help polish plaque off of your teeth.
- They deliver healthy nutrients. Some nutrients contribute directly to the health of your teeth and gums, while others help reduce inflammation or boost immune system function.
- They increase the production of saliva. This helps neutralize acidic foods and keep bacteria from building up in your mouth.
For variety, you can also focus on eating foods that deliver needed vitamins and nutrients without excessive sugar. For instance, cheeses, nuts, milk and leaner meats, such as chicken, offer strong nutritional value without causing direct harm to your teeth.
Foods and Drinks Worth Cutting Out
As a general rule, foods that are sticky and high in sugar can raise your risk of experiencing tooth decay or gum disease. Watch out for seemingly healthy foods that fall into this category, such as dried fruit. Foods that contain high levels of starch, such as potato chips, are also prone to stick to teeth and cause problems.
It is also best to steer clear of drinks that are high in sugar or alcohol. Beverages such as soda and sports drinks can contribute to tooth decay, while acidic alcohol-based drinks can cause enamel erosion. Alcohol consumption can also decrease saliva production, allowing bacteria to linger longer in your mouth.
Addressing Oral Health Problems
If you start noticing signs of enamel erosion, tooth decay or gum disease this summer, it is crucial to seek professional attention. A periodontist can provide appropriate treatment as well as advice on healthy dietary changes. To schedule a consultation about any of these oral health issues with Dr. Raymond Kenzik, call today at 386-672-9440.