Are you eating more frequently? Drinking more sugary beverages? Craving unhealthy foods? Eating more carbs?
These changes to your diet can have a huge impact on your oral
health. Did you know that carbohydrates, when combined with the
bacteria in your mouth, produce acid? This acid attacks your teeth for
at least 20 minutes each time you eat or drink, increasing your risk for
cavities. You can defend against these attacks in two important ways.
First, avoid grazing on carbohydrates and include proteins like
nuts, meat, and cheese in your meals and snacks to help neutralize
the acidity of your saliva. Second, maintain a good daily home oral
hygiene routine. Because regular visits to your dental hygienist are
not possible right now, keeping your teeth and gums healthy at
home is key.
7 Ways to Reduce Acid Attacks
- Don’t linger over your food and drinks
- Eat no more than 3 meals and 2 snacks daily
- Make water your beverage of choice
- Include protein or fats each time you eat
- Choose healthy snacks like apples, crunchy
vegetables, nuts, and plain yogurt
- Limit unhealthy snacks like granola bars, chips,
- Eat sweets only with meals
Have your daily oral hygiene habits changed because
you are self-isolating or working from home?
5 Steps to Good Oral Health
- Brush your teeth twice a day for two
minutes with a fluoridated toothpaste
- Clean between your teeth (floss, proxa brush,
soft picks) daily
- Use an antibacterial mouthwash daily
- Use xylitol gum or mints to neutralize the
acid produced after eating
- Rinse your mouth with water after eating
Your oral health is important. When you take care of your oral health, you take care of your overall
Your dental hygienist looks forward to seeing you at your next appointment.