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Nutrition and How It Affects Oral Health

Nutrition and How It Affects Oral HealthEach part of your body is intricately connected, and many factors can play a role in your dental and overall health. Your diet can have either a positive or negative effect on your oral health.

Tooth decay, which is the most common chronic condition in children, can be caused by the foods you eat. Sugars in food can be converted by oral bacteria into an acidic byproduct. This acid eats into your teeth and creates cavities. Simple carbohydrates, sugary snacks and highly processed foods can all increase your risk of tooth decay while fresh fruit and vegetables, dairy products, whole grains and lean proteins can reduce your risk. You can further reduce the damage on your teeth by brushing twice a day, flossing once a day and limiting snacking.

What you drink can also affect your dental health. Energy drinks, soft drinks and sweetened fruit juices all tend to be high in sugars and acids, which quickly erode teeth and leave them more prone to cavities and infection. Limit your intake of these beverages and instead reach for water, unsweetened teas and other sugar-free beverages that are low in acid.

Finally, visit our office at least twice a year. We can provide you with critical information that can help you improve your dental health and reduce your risk of dental diseases. We will also perform a comprehensive cleaning that removes the plaque and tartar that tend to harbor dangerous oral bacteria. Contact our dental office today to learn more or to schedule your appointment with our Northridge dentist.

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