Sometimes patients tell us they can’t resist stopping at Tim Horton’s on Regent Avenue to satisfy their sweet tooth. If you have a sweet tooth too, that’s fine. Just remember that your teeth, gums and overall oral health relies heavily on what you eat and what you can eat is affected by how healthy your teeth are.
Here are 5 ways that diet affects your oral health (and vice versa):
- Eating sugar (or carbohydrates) is linked to an increase in cavities. Carbohydrates cause an increase in bacteria and a decrease in pH making your mouth more acidic.
- Foods and beverages that are high in acid can erode your tooth enamel, making your teeth more sensitive and affecting what you can and cannot eat.
- Getting the right amount of proteins and minerals is good for your overall health and your teeth. They can increase your teeth’s strength, decrease inflammation and fight against bacteria growth.
- Eating fresh fruits and vegetables - especially apples, carrots and celery - is great for your teeth. Fruits and vegetables that are high in fibre and water can give your teeth a quick scrub. They also help to produce saliva, which washes away bacteria and food particles. (You may want to check out the farmers’ market at Bronx Park Community Centre this Saturday from 9-2).
- When your teeth, gums and mouth are in pain, you don’t want to eat properly. Getting regular check ups and cleanings, and making sure you get proper restorative treatment when needed means that you can eat a balanced diet.
Your mouth is the start of your digestive system. Everything that you eat affects your oral health and overall health so it’s important to take care of your teeth and mouth. With proper oral hygiene and a balanced diet, you can combat the negative effects of carbohydrates and acids. Remember to brush and floss regularly and drink plenty of water between meals to rinse away food particles. If you’re looking for a checkup and cleaning, book an appointment today at our Winnipeg dental clinic. We serve Transcona, East and North Kildonan. We also have patients from Sage Creek to East St. Paul. We can’t wait to see your happy, healthy smile.