Is There Anything You Can Eat or Drink to Decrease Bacteria Levels in Your Mouth?
Posted on 10/15/2019 by Office
Preventing cavities can come down to how many times you eat, as well as what you are eating. The food we eat every day has an impact on our mouth, gums and teeth, well after you have ingested it.
Eating cake in the middle of your meal is less harmful than eating a piece of cake on its own, in the middle of the day. Poor eating habits have long term effects on your gums and mouth, but we want to educate you about the effects of what you eat and drink, so you can eat healthy and maintain your beautiful smile.
Foods with Immediate Effects
The moment you consume any food or drink, there are countless changes that start to take effect immediately. All foods that contain carbohydrates have the ability to be broken down into simpler forms of sugar. These include fructose, lactose and glucose among others. Some foods do not begin breaking down immediately, they are called “fermentable carbohydrates” and they do not begin the process of breaking down until they have been digested further. It's these particular carbohydrates that facilitate decay and ruin your teeth.
The more time that food remains near the bacteria on your teeth, the more acidity that gets produced. These acids do not get washed away with simply drinking water with your meal and will actually stay in your mouth for about 30 minutes or longer.
What Foods are Safe to Eat?
In order to maintain good oral health, it's important that you take time to research and implement the guidelines that were produced by the U.S. Department of Agriculture and the Department of HHS. The concept is pretty easy to follow: Eat foods that contain whole grains on a daily basis. That can be wild or brown rice and oatmeal. More green and orange vegetables that are dark in color are next on the list of acceptable tooth friendly foods. Eat fish, legumes or beans, and plenty of grain products as well as plenty of different fruits. Avoid alcohol, except in moderation and set a healthy weight goal for yourself and take steps to reach that weight on a daily basis.
We would be more than happy to discuss your daily eating habits as well as any concerns you may have for a healthy mouth. Give us a call to schedule a consultation today, and we can help you make the right decisions for your oral hygiene.
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