Thursday, November 5, 2015

Diet and Oral Health

Everyone loves a little indulgence every now and then, but what you eat and how often you eat are important factors in maintaining good oral health. Bacteria in the mouth convert sugars and carbohydrates from the foods you eat into acids, and it’s the acids that begin to attack the enamel on teeth, starting the decay process. At Bensalem Dentistry we can’t monitor what you eat, but we can offer advice that promotes optimal oral health.

To keep your teeth and gums in tip-top shape, choose healthy foods from the five main food groups: fruits, vegetables, lean proteins, whole grains and low-fat dairy. The foods you eat and the beverages you drink can have a direct influence on the incidence and progression of tooth decay, depending upon:

  • The form of food – whether it’s liquid, solid, sticky or slow to dissolve

  • How often you eat sugary/acidic foods and beverages

  • The nutritional makeup of the food

  • The combinations of the foods you eat and the order in which you eat them

  • Medical conditions you may have, such as acid reflux and eating disorders, which can increase risk of cavities and weakens teeth.

To learn more about services we offer, visit www.bensalemdentistry.com for more information. To schedule an appointment with Dr. Michael Eisenbrock at Bensalem Dentistry in Bensalem, PA, call 215-638-9952. 

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