Your diet and its relation with tooth decay

I must admit to the fact that our body is one of the complex machines designed ever. If one part of your body is affected the other automatically gets impacted. The food that you eat and drinks that you consume has a direct impact first on your mouth and then it starts impacting the other parts of your body. The other factors which has direct impact on your mouth is the number of times you consume the same food. If you are too much inclined towards cola and sugar candies then congratulations you are falling prey to tooth decay and gum disease. Tooth Decay is one of the most chronic dental problem which is faced mostly by kids but even adults are not spared with this problem. However the best part is that the disease is absolutely curable.

The main cause of tooth decay is when plaque gets in contact with sugar in the mouth thereby causing acid to attack the teeth. Foods which are high on sugar content are the torch bearers of tooth decay. But how do you ensure that the sugar level is optimum of consumption? Simple by checking the nutrition facts and ingredient labels on foods and beverages and choose options that are lowest in sugar.

Soft drinks, candies, cookies and pastries are the most common consumables and extremely high in the sugar content. You must consult a dietitian to understand what is the best food for you. In case the food which you consume lacks nutrients then it will be even more difficult for your teeth to resist any kind of infection. This will eventually lead to gum disease and if not take care of then it will lead to periodontitis which eventually result in tooth loss.

The Center for Nutrition Policy and Promotion, an agency of U.S. Department of Agriculture has taken an amazing step by starting off  a website called as ChooseMyPlate.gov and it gives you the exact information on the type of food you should eat. So basis your level of of physical activity the site will recommend you a perfect diet chart.

The food that we consume makes a lot of difference to our oral health but there is one more factor which matters and that is when you eat and drink. You need to make sure that you consume balanced diet and limit your snacks between meals.

To ensure good oral health and no tooth decay follow these tips:

  • Drink plenty of water.
  • Eat a variety of foods from each of the five major food groups, including:
    • whole grains
    • fruits
    • vegetables
    • lean souces of protein such as lean beef, skinless poultry and fish; dry beans, peas and other legumes
    • low-fat and fat-free dairy foods

For good dental health, always remember to brush twice a day with fluoride toothpaste that has the American Dental Association Seal of Acceptance, floss daily and visit your dentist regularly. With regular dental care, your dentist can help prevent oral problems from occurring in the first place and catch those that do occur in the early stages, while they are easy to treat.

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