Your smile depends on making the right decisions in all aspects of your life. This includes not only taking the time to clean your smile but to also look for ways to enhance your smile through your eating habits. Because so many unhealthy foods can lead to poor oral health, it is important that you are ready and willing to improve your diet as needed. To help you make smile-smart diet choices, we have provided a list of frequently asked questions concerning foods that are both healthy and unhealthy for your oral health:
Question: How is your diet linked to your oral health?
Answer: If your diet is lacking, your oral health will suffer, too. This happens because several products can damage your teeth and gums, depending on what they are made of.
Question: What are some of the benefits of eating a healthy diet?
Answer: Not only can healthy foods improve your waistline, but they can also improve your gum line by helping to keep your teeth and gums safe.
Question: Can your diet strengthen your teeth and gums?
Answer: Yes, because certain minerals, such as calcium and phosphorus, can help remineralize your tooth enamel.
Question: What sort of foods and drinks should I avoid?
Answer: Avoid the following snacks and drinks:
- hard candy
- sticky and chewy candy
- sugary and carb-loaded sweets
- sour snacks
- products known to be highly acidic or that have a low pH level
For more dietary advice on how you can keep your smile healthy, or to schedule an oral exam with Dr. Chen or Dr. Chen, please contact our dental practice in Glendale, California, by calling us at 818-502-1991. Our dentists and team are here to care for you!