To maintain optimal oral health, it’s important to establish an effective oral hygiene routine of brushing and flossing as well as visiting our Noblesville dental office for routine checkups and care. However, in addition to these measures, wise eating habits are important. Nutrition affects every aspect of your wellbeing, even your oral health, so the foods that you eat can make all the difference between a healthy smile and dental disease!
Harmful bacteria in your mouth love to metabolize the sugars in food and produce acids that erode your teeth and cause cavities. Frequent consumption of sweet food and beverages increases your risk for developing tooth decay, since the more sugar you consume, the more acids the bacteria can produce. That’s why you should minimize the amount of sugary food and drink you consume, and make sure to brush afterwards. But there are also many nutrient-rich foods that can boost your resistance to dental disease and help keep your teeth and gums strong. Foods high in calcium and phosphorous, as well as vitamins D and C, are especially good. So are crunchy fruits and vegetables high in water, since they cause your mouth to produce more saliva to rinse your teeth (of course, it’ s always a good idea to drink lots of water). Foods rich in antioxidants are valuable in defending against the bacteria that cause inflammation and gum disease, so eating more of them can help you get top marks the next time you come in for a checkup at our Noblesville dental office.
At the Noblesville dental office of Robert L. Holloway, DDS we’ve been providing some of the best dental care available for over 40 years. We offer a comprehensive program of preventive care that includes techniques for brushing and flossing at home as well as simple nutritional guidance to support your dental health and overall wellbeing. So remember, in order to stay healthy it pays to look after your teeth!