Be Sure To Choose Healthier Food Options!

When you go to the store, you’re likely picking up food to last for a good while, ensuring you can stay inside and help protect your community from the spread of COVID-19. However, you should keep your oral health in mind when you pick up foods and beverages. In today’s blog, your Des Moines, IA, dentist talks about how to choose smile healthy foods and drinks!

The Factors Behind Poor Tooth and Gum Health

In order to protect our smiles from issues like tooth decay and gum disease, we need to care for our teeth each and every day, brushing them when you wake up and again before bed, and also flossing each night before going to sleep as well. However, what we eat and drink also impacts our oral health. When people consume foods high in sugar and starch, this leaves behind stray particles that could become attached to the teeth or trapped between them. Bacteria enjoy breaking down these particles, a process that not only elevates oral acidity, but coats the teeth in a sticky layer of plaque buildup. This buildup could soon start to weaken enamel, eroding it eventually and leading to tooth decay. Plaque also inflames the gums, causing gingivitis and over time, gum disease.

Better Snack Options

To deprive harmful oral bacteria of sugar and starch, try to avoid candies, snack cakes, chips, and other items high in sugar and starch. Instead, try to choose items that contain less sugar and more helpful vitamins, like cheeses and yogurt, which are high in calcium. Other healthy options include nuts, sugar-free gum, and of course fresh fruits and vegetables. With fresh fruits and veggies, consuming them could actually help scrub away plaque!

Avoiding Sodas

Watching the beverages we consume is helpful too. Try to avoid soda, and when you feel the craving for one, try a sparkling water, which is less dangerous for your smile. Remember that energy drinks, fruit juices, and sports drinks also contain high amounts of sugar and acids, which weaken enamel and cause cavities. Drinking more water not only hydrates, but contains no harmful ingredients. In fact, our tap water has fluoride, which helps strengthen the outer layer of enamel, safeguarding your tooth from cavities and dental infections. If you have any questions about keeping your smiles healthy from home, then please contact our team today to learn more.


We want to make sure you have the information necessary to make better decisions for the health of your smile. To learn more about protecting your smile’s health and beauty, then schedule a consultation with Dr. Burds by calling Gateway Dental Group in downtown Des Moines, IA, at (515) 244-9565.