Occasionally, food that benefits your overall health may not be the best choice for your teeth. Dr. Sindledecker and Dr. Saltz, along with our team, aim to inform you about which nutritious foods can potentially harm your teeth and gums. Here are insights into maintaining your dental health while enjoying these foods, especially during dietary changes.
As you transition from empty-calorie foods to whole foods, it’s crucial to remain mindful of your dental well-being. Many individuals opt for fruits and vegetables as substitutes for sugary foods during dieting.
It’s important to note that most fruits are not only high in natural sugars but also acidic. Acidic fruits, such as apples, grapes, strawberries, pineapples, blueberries, oranges, and grapefruit, can pose a risk to your teeth and gums. While fruits can provide essential energy, moderation is key.
Leafy greens, commonly incorporated into diets, are often part of salads. Be cautious with salad dressings, as many contain vinegars and sweeteners that contribute to harmful acids, altering the pH of your mouth. When your mouth shifts from alkaline to acidic, it increases the risk of erosion and decay.
Rather than eliminating these foods entirely, consider adjusting your post-consumption routine. Rinse your mouth with water, brush your teeth, or consume alkalizing foods after eating acidic items. Examples of healthy alkalizing foods include dairy products like eggs and yogurt, as well as various vegetables.
If you have questions about the impact of your current diet on your oral health, reach out to our Boca Raton office and speak with a member of our team. If you’re making positive changes in your diet for a healthier lifestyle, we hope these tips assist you in maintaining good oral health. The team at Sindledecker Dentistry prioritizes your overall well-being, including a healthy lifestyle.