Tooth decay is the most common chronic childhood disease. Fortunately, tooth decay is completely preventable with just a few simple lifestyle choices. Your dentist will recommend brushing twice a day for 2 minutes and flossing daily! But preventing cavities goes beyond just brushing and flossing. Our nutrition plays a key role in preventing cavities!
Cavities form when sugar comes into contact with the bacteria in your mouth, which creates acid that attacks your teeth. Every time you eat this happens, so it is important to limit snacking throughout the day.
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Oral Health and Nutrition
You can minimize your sugar intake by limiting the number of snacks you eat during the day and reading the nutrition labels on your food to avoid overly processed sugary foods. But sugar doesn’t just come from food, you also need to be cautious of soda, energy drinks and fruit juices.
If you are going to eat a sugary snack, it is better to have it with your meal. Your saliva production is increased at mealtime and this allows your body to wash away food and acid from your mouth! Talking about sweet treats, let’s review our Halloween Oral Health Challenge blog for some additional tips!
So next time you are feeling snacky remember to:
- Drink lots of water (this will help you produce saliva which protects your teeth)
- Eat a well-balanced diet
- Snack on fruit or veggies – instead of a candy bar
Preventing Cavities with Luff Dental
Preventing cavities is our goal! We’re here to help you overcome oral health challenges and any other dental challenges you or your family may be experiencing.
Work with Dr. Luff and her team to find the most effective solution for your smile! We are always accepting new patients in the Lee’s Summit, MO and surrounding area who are ready to improve the health of their teeth, their confidence and smile! Please call Luff Dental at (816) 875-3391 to schedule your appointment.