Some of your favorite little guilty pleasures could be doing a number on your oral health.
We all know how difficult it can be to say no to that delicious piece of chocolate cake or sweets, in general. You may feel like you have zero willpower when it comes to your diet. Maybe you just love drinking sodas or you find yourself reaching for sweet treats a lot during the day. Whatever the case might be, our Scarsdale and Westchester, NY, area dentist, Dr. Jeffrey Pike, is here to tell you how your diet can impact the health of your smile.
While we know that saying no to sugar all the time is pretty much an impossibility, it’s important to understand why sugar should be consumed in moderation. After all, sugar is the number one culprit of dental decay. Even though there are some healthy foods such as vegetables that contain sugars, these are naturally occurring and an important part of your diet. The sugars we are talking about are the added sugars found in sports drinks, sodas, yogurts, candies, cookies and other sweets.
Of course, it isn’t just sugar that we need to point a finger at. We also need to examine your diet in general. If you aren’t getting the proper nutrients your mouth needs to stay healthy and strong then it should go without saying that you’re going to have dental problems in the near future. Not getting enough key nutrients could leave you prone to infection or even gum disease. For example, calcium is crucial for strong bones.
So, how do you go about enjoying a smile-friendly diet? We recommend following the food pyramid to see what foods you should be consuming on a regular basis and which foods you may want to limit. Healthy foods include low-fat dairy, vegetables and fruits, lean proteins and whole grains.
Have questions about your diet? Want to make sure you are providing your teeth with the proper nutrients they need? If so, then it’s time you called The Scarsdale Dentist Scarsdale in Scarsdale, New York and serving the Westchester, NY area to schedule your upcoming cleaning. We would be happy to provide you with the advice you need to maintain good oral health.