Keeping your teeth safe from the risks of dental damage includes being aware of your dietary selections at all times. Your dietary choices play a key role in your oral health and can easily transform your smile if you are not careful. Several oral health risks including dental abrasion, dental erosion, oral accidents and injuries, and tooth loss can all be associated with foods and drinks you consume. Thus, you can protect your teeth by implementing a healthier diet.
Several unhealthy foods you consume can easily damage your smile due to dental erosion. This typically takes place due to acids in your mouth. Plaque and bacteria can easily convert several substances into acids which will chew through your tooth enamel. This includes products that are heavily loaded with sugars and carbs. Also, be aware that extremely sour sweets and acidic snacks can easily damage your tooth enamel as well.
Another known risk factor for eating foods is due to the potential for tooth loss or chipped and cracked teeth. Although we may think our teeth are strong enough to bite into any kind of foods, the truth is they are not. Your teeth are designed for chewing and not so much for biting down. Be careful when biting into extremely hard products as your teeth may have weakened over time.
Did you know that products lingering in your mouth can increase your rate at which tooth decay occurs? This is because the longer that food particles and debris are in contact with your teeth and gums, the longer that damage can occur. You may want to use caution with any sticky or chewy sweets or any products that can easily get stuck between your teeth and gums.
Seeking a better smile and better oral health is possible with unhealthy food avoidance. To schedule an oral exam or professional cleaning with Dr. Brian A. Moore and our team at our office in Florence, Kentucky, please contact Moore Dental Services at (859) 525-0507.