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Your Dietary Habits And Dental Heath

Being conscious of what you eat and drink are important factors in maintaining good oral health and can help prevent cavities. Bacteria in the mouth convert sugars and carbohydrates from the food you eat into acids.

These acids are commonly from our diet in the form of coffee, soda, wine, juice and fruits. Teeth take on an aged appearance when they have more enamel worn away by acids because they appear increasingly yellow.

We aren't saying you should give up fruits, juice, coffee and all the things we love because they are acidic! We would rather people observe their diet and recognize if they may be over consuming one of these acidic foods and reduce its intake. If you're accustomed to 3 cups of coffee every morning, maybe cut back to one. Another important piece of advice is to drink water after consuming an acidic beverage. Water helps to neutralize acids and will help prevent further tooth erosion.

Another tip from the ADA (American Dental Association) is to avoid brushing your teeth immediately following consumption of an acidic beverage. The logic is that the acids start to loosen the enamel molecules and brushing would further wear away the susceptible tooth structure. So drink water after your coffee and wait at least an hour before brushing your teeth (we still recommend brushing three times a day, just not directly following your coffee or soda.)

Different dietary habits produce different erosion patterns and these may further discussed with us so contact us today for any questions!

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