Maintaining a healthy, nutritious diet is paramount to good oral health. The foods we consume and how often we consume them can have a tremendous impact on the health of our teeth. This is especially true with foods that are highly acidic, which can soften and erode tooth enamel, or foods that contain sugar. Highly sugary foods are especially hard on the teeth, as they provide a direct food source to the bacteria that can cause tooth decay.
To avoid foods high in sugar, it is important to become familiar with product labels, which can inform a savvy consumer of what they’re really eating — meaning their oral health will already be that much better.
When sugar is consumed, however, it is crucial to adopt proper tooth brushing habits: using floss and a soft-bristled toothbrush, and always brush gently against the teeth for at least two minutes. These methods remove plaque and bacteria, which greatly diminish the chances of getting cavities or gum disease.