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A Healthy Diet For A Healthy Smile

With summer just around the corner, now is the time to clean up your diet and slim down for the warmer months. Although we often associate diet changes with weight loss and changes in our waistline, it can have a huge impact on dental health as well.

The body is intricately linked, making all areas of health interconnected. The foods and beverages you consume can affect the health of your gums and teeth along with your general health. Fortunately, there are many nutritious staples to include in your diet that benefit your overall wellness while aiding your dental health.

Is Sugar Actually Harmful to Dental Health?

Candy and other sweet treats are notorious for wreaking havoc on dental health, but just how dangerous is sugar for your teeth? Many patients are surprised to find out that sugar itself isn’t what causes dental problems; it’s what happens when bacteria already present in your mouth metabolize these sugars.

Bacteria in the mouth will feed upon the sugars you consume and create an acidic substance as a byproduct. This acid will then begin to erode the outer protective layer of the tooth, known as the enamel. After enough time, the enamel will eventually be stripped away, leaving the inner layers of the tooth vulnerable to decay.

Cutting out excessive sugar from your diet is a great way to improve your dental health. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, Americans should keep their intake of added sugars to less than 10% of their total daily calories. This is also similar to the American Heart Association’s recommendation of no more than 6 teaspoons of added sugar per day for women and 9 teaspoons for men.

Despite these recommendations, most Americans are still consuming way too much sugar. According to the University of California, San Francisco, the average American will consume around 19.5 teaspoons each day. This equals out to approximately 66 pounds of added sugar each year, per person!

A simple way to reduce your sugar intake is to cut out any sugary beverages. Sodas, juices and sports drinks are filled with sugars that exceed what you should be consuming daily. Dr. Stuart J.  Froum was recently featured in Forbe’s ‘Why Healthy Workplaces Are Good For Business’ article highlighting the benefits of replacing soft drinks with nutritious alternatives like fruits and veggies.

He explained, “Fruits have more health benefits than just increasing energy, they also contain vitamins and minerals that are beneficial to your overall health including your teeth.”

Best Foods For Healthy Teeth

What foods should you include in your diet for better oral health? Take a look at this mouth-friendly foods list to incorporate these options into your daily diet:

Contact Stuart J. Froum, DDS In Manhattan

Improving your dental health can be as easy as cutting sugar and making a few small changes to your diet. However, it’s important to still have the help of a dental professional to truly keep your smile beautiful and cavity-free.
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