Keeping Your Diet and Oral Health Happy
There are several things to consider when it comes to taking care of your diet and oral health, such as tooth decay, avoiding erosion, what not to eat and drink, and more. At Rockwall Oral Surgery, we want you to have the best diet and oral health care possible. Please ask us instead of risking your oral health when it comes to dos and don’ts. Feel free to reach out to us with any questions about your diet and oral health care plans!
Recognizing Tooth Decay
When you reach the point of tooth decay, you might need fillings and extractions. Decay occurs when sugar reacts with the bacteria in the plaque on your teeth. This forms the acids that attack the teeth and destroy the enamel. After this happens more than once, the tooth enamel can break down, forming a hole, also known as a “cavity.”
Avoid Foods with Unknown Sugars:
- Sugars- sucrose, fructose, and glucose are just three examples.
- Processed foods- always read the ingredients when shopping, most foods have sugars.
- “No added sugar” does not mean the product does not have any sugar.
The lower the pH number, the more acidic the product; anything with a pH value lower than 5.5 may cause erosion.
- Mineral water (still) pH 7.6
- Milk pH 6.9
- Cheddar cheese pH 5.9
- Lager pH 4.4
- Orange juice pH 3.8
- Grapefruit pH 3.3
- Pickles pH 3.2
- Cola pH 2.5
- Red wine pH 2.5
- Vinegar pH 2.0
Savory Snacks to Keep in Mind
Your diet and oral health care should have three meals a day instead of seven small snacks. If you decide to snack between meals, try to have things that do not contain sugar. Some favorite savory snacks:
- Raw vegetables.
- Bread sticks.
Sweets in Moderation
The main point here is to remember that it is not the number of sugars but how often you consume them. Sugary foods can cause other health issues besides oral health. Your teeth are crucial and should be an essential factor in your daily routine!
Diet and Oral Health Care with Rockwall Oral Surgery
Every time you eat or drink something sweet, it sticks with you! It is essential to limit the number of sugary foods you have because it can affect your overall health. We here at Rockwall Oral Surgery want to help prevent damage to your teeth and ensure you have the best oral health you can receive.
Reach out to us today, and we can discuss your diet and oral health care plan! Call us at (469) 264-8921 or send us a message to schedule your appointment.