How An Unhealthy Diet Affects Your Teeth

shutterstock_81678091The foods you’re regularly consuming enter your body through your mouth, are chewed by your teeth (where particles often become stuck), and are then swallowed for your body to digest. When these foods consist primarily of sugars and starches, before they even reach your stomach – they’ve already damaged the normal bacteria around your mouth. When they affect the bacteria, infections begin to form. Not only are these infections forming, but without feeding your body the proper nutrients it needs, it can be difficult to fight the bacteria at all. While your dentist can help save your teeth from a nasty infection, they aren’t able to control your diet.

What Does A “Healthy” Diet Consist Of?

There are lot of different views when it comes to maintaining a “healthy” diet. It’s actually rather simple, however. Sticking to the main food groups like whole grains, fruits, vegetables, healthy fats (avocados, low-fat dairy, etc.), and lean proteins is the best way to give your body the nutrients it needs to thrive. While it may not seem possible if you frequently enjoy sodas and other sweets, avoiding any unhealthy sugars and starches is in your best interest. It may take time to completely cut them out of your diet depending on how much you drink now, but both regular and diet sodas can be detrimental to your teeth.

How Do These Sugars Affect Your Teeth?

When normal bacteria around your mouth comes in contact with these sugars, they form an acid. The acid then begins to wear away at the tough outer layer on your teeth – the enamel – leading to tooth decay. Once it’s broken through your enamel, it begins to attack the inner, softer layers – dentin – forming holes, known as cavities.

Protect your oral health by practicing preventive dentistry; excellent oral hygiene, regular dental visits, and a healthy diet. If you suspect your teeth are suffering from decay or the early stages of gum disease, even, don’t hesitate to contact your dentist.