Does Your Diet Affect Your Oral Hygiene?

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Your diet certainly does affect oral hygiene.  Excessive sugar and starch have the potential to cause cavities and create plaque buildup. However, these types of carbs are not the only culprit behind dental problems. If not eaten carefully, even nutritious foods can be problematic.

Harmful Foods

Acidic foods, such as citrus fruits, fruit juice, coffee, tea, and carbonated soft drinks can damage tooth enamel, and weak enamel is more susceptible to cavities. If you do eat these foods, be sure to practice good oral hygiene by enjoying them with other types of nutritious foods. Be sure to rinse your mouth with water after eating, or wait 30 minutes and brush your teeth.

Hard foods, such as ice, can break into sharp pieces once bitten. Chew slowly when eating hard foods such as nuts, pretzels, chips, and raw vegetables. These pieces can tear at the gums, tongue, cheeks, and soft palate, inviting inflammation and adversely affecting oral hygiene. Additionally, hard foods can break natural teeth or damage dental work.

Beneficial Foods

Nutrient deficiencies make the mouth more susceptible to infection. An overall balanced diet for good oral hygiene should include lean protein, whole grains, fruits, vegetables, and plenty of water. Non-vegans can enjoy eggs and dairy, which have been shown to reduce the risk of cavities. A multivitamin supplement is also helpful.

Protect your mouth and improve oral hygiene with regular visits to your dentist. It’s is easier and more affordable than ever with a dental plan from EDP.  EDP surpasses traditional dental insurance with far less restrictions and more flexibility. Your existing dentist is probably already in our network!

EDP also allows you to save up to 70 percent on both routine and specialized dental services. This makes it much easier to maintain a healthy smile and stick to your overall oral care routine. To find out more, call (631) 272-5230 or register online to start saving today.

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