Most people tend to focus heavily on a diet when trying to stay healthy in terms of nutrition. It makes sense, as what we put into our bodies significantly impacts our overall health. Countless studies demonstrate this, and here are just a few examples.
A recent study published in the Journal of the American Dental Association found that people who eat a healthy diet are less likely to develop gum disease. The study looked at data from over 9,000 adults and found that those who ate the most fruits and vegetables were 24% less likely to develop gum disease than those who ate the least.
Another study, published in the journal Nutrition Reviews, looked at the link between diet and dental caries (tooth decay). The study found that a poor diet is one of the main risk factors for tooth decay. It also saw that diets high in sugar and processed foods increase the risk of dental caries.
These are just a few examples of the many studies conducted on the link between diet and dental health. The message is clear: To maintain healthy teeth and gums, you must eat a healthy diet. Here are a few things you need to remember for your efforts.
Be Cautious with Hard-to-Chew Food
It only takes one misaligned bite to cause a tooth to crack. While this is certainly not the end of the world, it requires a dentist trip for a filling or crown. Cracked teeth are also more susceptible to bacteria and decay.
So, what’s the moral of the story? Be cautious with hard-to-chew foods! The list includes candy, nuts, popcorn, and ice. If you eat these things, carefully bite and avoid chewing with your front teeth. Unfortunately, you might already have a chipped tooth and not even know it. If you have any pain in your mouth or notice changes in how your teeth fit together, visit the dentist ASAP. Teeth replacement surgery might be necessary, especially to avoid worse dental issues when you have an exposed tooth or a gap in your row of teeth.
Cut Down on Sugar
You’ve probably heard this a million times, but it bears repeating: Too much sugar is bad for your teeth. When you eat or drink sugary foods, the bacteria in your mouth feed on the sugar and release acids. These acids then attack your tooth enamel, causing cavities.
It’s not just candy you have to worry about, as many so-called “healthy” foods are loaded with hidden sugars. It may include fruit juices, sports drinks, cereals, and yogurt. So, be sure to read food labels carefully and limit your intake of sugary foods and beverages. And when you do indulge, be sure to brush your teeth afterward.
However, it doesn’t mean you should avoid sugary foods altogether. Just eat them in moderation, and be sure to brush your teeth afterward.
Drink Plenty of Water
Water is essential for maintaining good dental health. It helps rinse away food particles and neutralize the acids in your mouth. It’s also necessary for saliva production. Saliva is important because it helps protect your teeth from decay by washing away food particles and neutralizing acids.
So, how much water should you drink? The American Dental Association recommends drinking eight glasses of water daily, or about two liters. This strategy will help keep your mouth healthy and prevent cavities. Moreover, your digestion and overall health will improve.
Remember that Garlic Can Worsen Breath
While garlic is excellent for your health, it can wreak havoc on your breath. The pungent smell of garlic is caused by a compound called allicin. This compound is also responsible for the health benefits of garlic, such as its ability to fight infection and improve heart health.
Unfortunately, allicin is also very difficult to eliminate. Once it enters your system, it will get expelled through your breath, sweat, and urine. So, if you eat garlic, be prepared for lousy breath afterward. The best way to avoid this is to brush your teeth or rinse your mouth with mouthwash after eating garlic-containing foods. You can also try chewing on fresh parsley or mint leaves to freshen your breath. You might find lots of people eating garlic and want to copy them without thinking of the consequences for your dental health. You might have to avoid garlic to keep your dental health in good condition.
You Are What You Eat
The saying “you are what you eat” is cliché. It’s true! The food you eat significantly impacts your overall health and dental health. So, if you want to maintain healthy teeth and gums, ensure you eat a healthy diet. This includes plenty of fruits and vegetables and avoiding sugary and processed foods. Do this, and your smile will thank you!