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How Does Diet Affect Our Dental Health?

Many people think that brushing your teeth a few times daily and flossing regularly will put them firmly on the road toward a healthy smile, when the truth could be that they’re damaging their teeth every day.

Brushing and flossing are only the start to a healthy mouth; your dental health is also affected in a major way by what you eat. Here are a few ways you could be hurting your teeth without even knowing:

Eating Especially Hard Foods

The human mouth is designed to pulverize food, but some foods can give it pause and potentially cause damage. Beware of foods like hard candies; putting stress on your teeth often can build up weaknesses in the enamel and lead to cracking, chipping and other irreparable tooth damage.

Consuming Too Much Sugar

Most people know that sugar is not a friend to your teeth, but do you know how? When sugar builds up on the outer coating of teeth, it eats away at it, causing tooth decay and leading to painful cavities. Be aware of your consumption of foods like soda and gum over the course of the day, even if you’re brushing regularly. Constant exposure to sugar can come at a high cost for your dental health.

Drinking Carbonated Beverages

With an uptick in the popularity of seltzer water recently, many people are unaware of the potential for dental damage that carbonated beverages have on your teeth. Carbonation in these drinks causes an acidic reaction that corrodes your teeth slowly over time. Dentists recommend rinsing your mouth with non-carbonated water as you drink these beverages to prevent long-term exposure to carbonic acid.

When it comes to carbonated sodas, your teeth are even more at risk. The acidic liquid and the high sugar content combine to corrode your tooth’s enamel even faster, leading to sever tooth decay and eventual cavities if left unchecked.

Not Consuming Enough Water

In addition to providing important enzymes that promote digestion as you consume food, saliva is tasked with the very important role of protecting the tissue present in your mouth from damage. The production of saliva goes hand-in-hand with the amount of water you consume every day.

If you don’t ingest enough water, your body’s fluid systems become dry and you won’t produce enough saliva, leaving the surfaces of your teeth and gums more open to potential damage.

Not Maintaining a Balanced Diet

When you overeat, you’re more likely to worry about your diet’s affects on your waistline than your dental health, but studies find that a poorly balanced diet has a lot to do with the health of your mouth. Vitamin and mineral deficiencies can affect the overall health of your teeth and gums, which is why dentists and physicians alike recommend a balanced nutritional intake for overall health.

As you can see, brushing and flossing are pivotal to maintaining a healthy smile, but not alone. Your everyday diet can have massive implications on the health of your teeth, and should be something to keep track of at all times.

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