How Can My Diet Impact My Teeth?

While brushing and flossing the teeth after every meal is the best way to maintain a healthy smile, there are other things that can impact its overall health and wellness. Dr. Lindsey F. Marshall of Ardmore, PA also encourages patients to focus on the foods they eat and the beverages they drink, as many of these can have a positive—or negative—impact on one’s dental health.

What should I eat and avoid to keep my smile healthy and beautiful?

Dr. Lindsey F. Marshall encourages patients to pay attention to their favorite foods to determine which ones are most appropriate for their smile.

Here are some common foods and beverages to choose or avoid when focusing on oral health:

  • DO enjoy calcium-fortified juices and dairy products. Many of these are rich in essential nutrients which promote healthy teeth and bones, including vitamin D and calcium.
  • DON’T indulge in sodas or fruit juices that are high in sugars. Sugar and subsequent acids can be detrimental to one’s dental health as it can increase the risk of developing cavities and disease. These acids and sugars, if left on the surfaces of the teeth, can eat away at natural tooth enamel and result in tooth decay. Instead, consider water or other healthier beverages such as milk.
  • DO use naturally sweet fruits and berries as a snack. This may include apples, strawberries, and raspberries. Not only are these healthy for your body, but they are also free from added sugars that may impact dental health.
  • DON’T eat candy as a regular snack. Candies, including taffies, can be damaging to the smile. The sugars found in these sweet treats can break down into acid and cause cavities. If you do indulge in candy, it is best to brush and floss the teeth immediately after to avoid the aftereffects of sugar.
  • DO keep red wines and coffees at a minimum, as they are some of the leading causes of extrinsic stains on the natural tooth enamel.

Speak to our team today about general dentistry

Improve your oral health and wellness, as well as your overall health, with a healthy diet. If you want to speak to our team to learn how diet impacts your smile, connect with Dr. Lindsey F. Marshall’s team today. Call (610) 649-0696 to speak to our front office team and request a consultation visit. We are always accepting new patients and families into our practice.

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