There may still be snow on the ground, but people everywhere are working hard to get in shape for summer. The majority of New Year’s resolutions deal with some form of weight loss. A good diet is a main factor in losing weight and keeping it off, but proper nutrition also protects your teeth. Your Rochester cosmetic dentist, Dr. Gilly Calcagno, explains how to choose healthy diet options for safeguarding your smile.
Benefits of a Healthy Diet
Over 44% of Americans eat fast food at least once a week. While convenient, fast food is high in fat and also contains high amounts of starches and sugars. Not only do starches pack on the pounds, but they can leave your teeth vulnerable to tooth decay. Harmful bacteria feed on sugars and other starches, increasing the amount of oral acids. These acids often lead to enamel erosion, a weakening of the enamel that protects teeth and allows tooth decay to develop. In addition to causing decay, as the bacteria multiply, plaque buildup begins, coating the teeth in a layer of sticky residue. This leaves teeth susceptible to unsightly stains, as well as tooth decay.
Good Nutrition Options:
- Avoid foods and drinks high in sugar. Sodas, candy, fast food: Items like these can make you gain weight and potentially weaken your teeth. Try substituting sugary and starchy foods high with vegetables and fruits. Drink water instead of soda or energy drinks. You’ll drop weight, stay hydrated, and keep your smile intact!
- Chew sugar-free gum. Chewing gum controls the urge to snack and stimulates saliva production. Saliva cleanses the mouth of food particles and bacteria, reducing the potential for tooth decay.
- Snack on fruit instead of candy. While some fruit, such as pears and apples, have lots of sugar, the high water content helps keep sugar from coating your teeth. Fruit is also high in essential vitamins and nutrients.
Maintaining Your Smile
Preventive dental care can deter the onset of tooth decay. Preventive dentistry includes regular cleanings and checkups with Dr. Calcagno, and proper dental habits, such as brushing and flossing your teeth. These measures assist in keeping your teeth white and your breath fresh, and they also help remove the food particles and bacteria that can weaken enamel.
Schedule an Appointment with Your Rochester Dentist
Regular checkups and cleanings are important for protecting your teeth and gums. Call to schedule a free consultation with Dr. Calcagno today by contacting our 55902 dentist office at (507) 281-3659. We serve patients from Rochester, Red Wing, St. Charles, Winona, Farmington, and surrounding areas.