How Your Diet Affects Your Teeth

By Bruce R. Schechter, D.D.S.
April 12, 2016
Category: Oral Health
Tags: healthy diet  

When people worry about what they eat, it's usually based on concerns over how it will affect their weight. Sure, we all know that it's healthy dietprobably a terrible idea for both our waistlines and our teeth to drink a Big Gulp of Coke right before bed (or let's face it - ever). But much to the chagrin of our dentists, the effects of our diets on our oral health are typically a distant afterthought for many of us. However, just as the over consumption of sugar can wreak havoc on our bodies and physical health, it can also lead to the buildup of plaque that causes tooth decay and gum disease.

How Does Sugar Affect Your Teeth?

Dr. Bruce R. Schechter, a dentist specializing in cosmetic and family dentistry in Milford, CT, advises his patients to think of their teeth and gums as the first line of defense for the entire body when it comes to diet and health. A good rule of thumb is to assume that if something you eat is bad for your heart, skin, and yes - waistline - chances are that it is also bad for your teeth. Specifically, the sugar we eat teams up with plaque and causes tooth decay causing acids to go into overdrive.

Preventive Dental Care in Milford

While modern western diets make it almost impossible to avoid some form of sugar (hint: it's in everything), preventive dentistry and a few sensible dietary precautions can help to keep tooth decay and periodontal disease at bay for the entire family.

In addition to brushing and flossing everyday (even for the little ones), scheduling regular (at least once or twice a year) professional dental cleanings is the first step in fighting tooth decay. Drinking plenty of water, avoiding processed food and sugary snacks, and eating enough fiber and protein from fruits and vegetables and lean meats and poultry (or beans and legumes for the vegetarians) will help to keep the teeth and body healthy.

Family Dentistry in Milford, CT

A healthy, beautiful smile begins with a dedicated oral hygiene routine and regular professional dental care. To schedule a dental exam and professional cleaning, contact Dr. Bruce R. Schechter at (203) 878-1787 for an appointment today.