In this blog post from Premier Dental & Oral Health Group in Lake Ozark, we focus on diet and oral health. Did you know that small changes to your diet can improve your oral health?
Most people are aware that the sugar in candy, cookies, juices and sodas can harm your teeth, but some people don’t realize that all carbohydrates can cause cavities. A handful of pretzels or a slice of pumpernickel bread can have the same effect on your teeth as a fudge brownie.
All carbohydrates break down into simple sugars, which are converted into plaque, which can then cause cavities and gum disease. Carbs are naturally sticky and adhere to your teeth. Eating carbs with meals is healthier than eating them as snacks because more saliva is generated at mealtime. Saliva helps prevent food particles from sticking to teeth.
At Premier Dental & Oral Health Group, wer continue to see tooth damage caused by sodas and sports drinks. If you choose to drink them, sip them through a straw. By limiting the contact of these drinks on your teeth, you will help preserve your enamel.
Another way people can improve their oral health is to get plenty of calcium. For men, the recommended daily allowance is 800mg, and for women it’s 1,000mg. Calcium helps strengthen your jaw and secure your teeth firmly in the jaw bone.
Diet alone will not prevent cavities and dangerous gum disease for dental patients, but it helps to promote healthy teeth and gums.
At Premier Dental & Oral Health Group in Lake Ozark, the dental health of each of our patients is important to us. Our services include general and cosmetic dentistry. Schedule your next appointment with us today.
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