Dental hygiene and professional cleanings play a key role in oral health. But have you ever stopped to consider the many ways what you eat and drink, in other words your diet, impacts your smile’s health, as well? Your daily choices can impact more than just your waistline. Poor dietary choices can increase your chance of struggling with dental cavities, while good choices can help to protect your teeth and gums. So, if you want to keep your smile in great shape, and your whole body happy, consider these healthy alternatives to sugary treats.
Be Careful of Dried Foods
Dried fruit might be delicious. Unfortunately it can also be bad for your dental health. That’s because it tends to be either chewy or hard, which can both be threatening to teeth. It also tends to be high in sugar, because of its concentrated flavor, which can create cavities.
Fresh fruit, on the other hand, tends to be lower in sugar and easier to chew, making it a healthier option for your smile.
Skip the Sports Drinks and Juices
Sports drinks might seem like a good idea, especially after a tough workout. Juices and smoothies also seem like healthy options, since they tend to be filled with fruits. Yet many of these drinks are shockingly high in added sugars, which is bad for the smile.
So be sure to read labels before you buy, and opt for items with little to no added sugar. These are the safest choices for your smile, and also the best ones for your waistline, as well.
Of course, the best beverage choice for your oral health, is water, which helps the body to create saliva, a natural defense against plaque!
Does Your Smile Need a Professional Cleaning?
To keep your smile in great shape it’s important to see the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings. You can schedule a dental cleaning with Stephens and Gatewood Dentistry in Spring, TX, by calling 281-320-2000, today.