Posted .

Your best smile includes improvements and prevention plans in place all throughout your lifestyle choices. Not only should you be focusing on your oral hygiene to keep your teeth and gums safe, but you also may need to improve your lifestyle habits and dietary selections. Your diet plays a key role in your oral health, so it is important to make sure you are making healthy food choices.

Exercise caution with any foods that can easily get lost between your teeth or those that are extremely sticky or chewy. Not only are they often laden with unhealthy substances, but they can put you at an increased risk for several forms of dental damage. Furthermore, they also tend to linger long after consumption and can be difficult to wash away. This can increase your risk of dental erosion, tooth decay and plaque build-up.

Did you know that extremely sour substances can have a high acidic content that could eat away at your tooth enamel? It’s true, and in fact, some sour candies are actually so acidic their pH levels are comparable to battery acid. You can protect your tooth enamel by avoiding sour sweets.

Plaque and bacteria in your mouth can easily convert sugars into harmful acids that will chew through your tooth enamel. Always make sure that you exercise caution with things that are extremely sugary, but this also goes for carbs and starchy products.

To keep your smile safe from dental damage, be aware of any foods you eat that may be too hard. As you age, your teeth tend to decay, weaken and get more brittle. Even foods that you may have been able to easily bite into in the past, including candy canes or lollipops, could all of a sudden be too difficult to bite into. If you are not careful, you may find yourself chipping or cracking your teeth or, in some instances, knocking teeth out altogether. You should exercise caution when biting into hard substances.

Do you believe you are ready for enhancing and improving your diet? If so, you can schedule an appointment with your dentist at Columbia Dental Excellence, by calling us at 410.381.0505. Dr. Avi Mizrachi and our entire team at our dentist office in Columbia, Maryland want to help you get a smile you’ve always dreamed of.