Hey there, Orlando! It is wonderful to see you back for another helping of our ongoing blog about oral health and preventive dentistry. Here at Overmeyer Family Dental, we are committed to keeping the smiles on the faces of Orlando happy and bright. And just the fact that you are reading this log shows that you are just as dedicated to protecting your oral health as we are.
In our last blog, we wrote about the benefits of chewing sugarless gum after eating meal. Brushing right after a meal can damage your tooth enamel, so chewing sugarless gum is an effective substitute until you brush later in the evening. Tips like that are what this blog is all about. It is easy to say brush your teeth every day and don’t eat candy, but you need more detailed practical advice that goes beyond the basics.
With that in mind, here are some ideas about how to fight tooth decay.
Fruit Juice Is as Bad as Soda
Okay. Maybe fruit juice isn’t quite as bad as soda, but only because it does have some healthy vitamins. As far as your teeth are concerned, fruit juice and soda are the same thing. There is a misconception among some consumers that natural sugars, like those found in fruit juice, will not damage your teeth. However, the dental caries that feed on sugar to cause tooth decay don’t care where the sugar comes from.
Fruit juice often contains high levels of citric acid, too. And not just orange juice, either. Many different types of juice use citric acid as a flavor enhancer.
Drink Lots and Lots of Water
Drinking plenty of water may be the most important thing you can do for your teeth. In fact, water is the only drink that is safe to drink all day long. You should drink it all day long. It is so good at fight tooth decay and gum disease that you enjoy a sugar and acid filled snack and do no damage to your teeth as long as you follow it up with a glass of water.
Water will rinse your teeth and gums of dangerous food particles that will feed bacteria cause tooth decay. One of the biggest causes of tooth decay is dry mouth. Your mouth needs saliva to fight decay, so you need to stay hydrated or else you are going to find yourself with a toothache, or worse.
Chew Your Food
This may sound a little simplistic, but just chewing your food will help prevent tooth decay. That means you want eat soft foods, even healthy ones, in moderation. Balance out your yogurt and cottage cheese with some apples and cashews. They will provide you with some healthy nutrients along with some fiber to chew on and clean your teeth.
Come to Our Office in Orlando
It should go without saying that regular visits to Overmeyer Family Dental will give us an opportunity to examine your teeth and catch any signs of decay before it becomes a serious problem. A small cavity is a relatively simple fix, but treating severe tooth decay is going to be more complicated. So let’s try to stop that from happening.
Contact us today to schedule an appointment.