Healthy Eating For Good Oral Health Can Stop Tooth Decay

What you eat affects your health destiny. You can dramatically impact your dental health by eating a well-balanced, healthful diet. Research has shown that poor nutrition jeopardizes our oral health, which puts you at risk for a number of serious dental problems.

The Food Factor For Good Oral Health

Our food choices can make a big difference in two of the most common diseases today: tooth decay and gum disease. Certain foods, especially those containing sugar, are directly linked to increased levels of cavity-causing bacteria.

Tooth decay results when acids from the bacteria attack the teeth forming cavities. While diet doesn't directly cause gum disease, a condition affecting the supporting tissues of the teeth, researchers believe the disease is more rapid and severe when poor nutrition is a factor. Gum disease is a serious problem, since it can lead to tooth loss if untreated.

Diet and Dental Health

The American Dietetic Association and the National Institutes of Health recommend eating a well-balanced diet including plenty of the following:

  • fruits
  • vegetables
  • a good variety of breads and cereals
  • dairy products
  • fish
  • chicken
  • dried beans
  • peas
  • meat

Enjoying a variety of foods is the best way to get all the important nutrients needed for keeping healthy. Beware of fad diets that exclude entire food groups. This can cause nutritional deficiencies.

Snack Smart To Avoid Tooth Decay

Snacking is a favorite pastime, but certain snack choices promote tooth decay such as soft, sweet, sticky foods. Select nutritious snacks better for your teeth and general good health, especially colorful, juicy fresh fruits and crisp, crunchy vegetables. Choose your snacks based on any other dietary concerns, such as low cholesterol, low-fat, or low sodium diets.

If you snack on crackers, cookies, or chips, it's better if you eat them in combination with other foods, such as cheese with crackers, rather than alone. This is because these foods, when eaten alone, tend to produce more bacteria in the mouth leading to tooth decay. Remember, each time you snack, oral bacteria is activated. Drink plenty of water to rinse away some of the disease-causing bacteria. If possible, brush your teeth after snacking.

Select from the wide variety of foods for healthful eating -- that are good for you and your teeth and be sure to check-in with your dentist.

By Brian J. Gray, DDS, MAGD, FICO

Call For An Appointment Now!
(213) 234-9876

General Info: (213) 234-9876

Share |
The Flash 6 plugin or higher is required to view content on this page, but was not detected on your browser.
Get Flash Player


Our email policy - We promise never to sell, barter or rent your email address to any unauthorized party.

Practice Photo

James Brother LLC6

(213) 234-9876

Make an Appointment Now!

Dr. James Brother

James Brother LLC6

300 North Los Angeles Street

Los Angeles, CA 90012

General Info: (213) 234-9876

Make an Appointment Map and Hours Email the Doctor Tell a Friend

Don't Forget to Floss!

Clean between teeth daily with floss or an interdental cleaner. Decay-causing bacteria can hide between teeth where toothbrush bristles can't reach. Flossing helps remove plaque and food particles from between teeth and under the gum line.

Visit Our Office Regularly!

Take good care of your smile. Remember to visit the dentist regularly for professional cleanings and oral exams.

Mouthwash Is Important, Too!

Brushing and flossing may not be enough. The ADA now recommends using an antimicrobial mouthwash to reduce plaque and prevent gingivitis.

Convenient Appointments!

We are proud to offer you convenient before and after work or school appointments. Call today to schedule an appointment.

We Will Maximize Your Insurance Coverage!

Our experienced staff is here to help get the most from your insurance coverage.

Your Phone Number Here

Your Phone Number Here

The Flash 6 plugin or higher is required to view content on this page, but was not detected on your browser.
Get Flash Player