The goal of oral hygiene is to keep our mouths as clean as possible so that our teeth last longer and we are we can exercise preventative maintenance over certain oral diseases and conditions. However, brushing, flossing, and rinsing with mouthwash are not the only essential components for maintaining optimal oral health. One area with significant impact is our diet. Imagine that, right? The food we intake directly affects our oral cavities! If you want more insight, read on–because the following is a brief list containing some advice on how to prevent your diet from ruining your oral health.
Cutting sugar out of your diet is probably a good thing even if you are doing so for reasons other than your oral health. We get far too much sugar as it is, which is bad news for our pearly whites, as sugar promotes the conditions that bacteria love to fester in.
Use a Straw
As mentioned above, sugar is in everything. Consequently, sometimes ingesting sugar is simply unavoidable. Fortunately, there’s no need to refuse that orange juice at breakfast, just make sure you drink it through a straw! As long as you immediately swallow the liquid and refrain from swishing it around in your mouth, then you should be fine. This also applies to soda and other sugary beverages. One extra step you could take is to have some water on hand that you could use to rinse your mouth after drinking.
Say No to Citrus
The acids present in fruits with high citrus content–such as oranges, grapefruits, and lemons–can severely impact our teeth by demineralizing them. The best remedy is to steer clear of these fruits; however, if you absolutely have to have one, try to ingest it in a liquid form (such as orange or grapefruit juice) and dilute that with water. Additionally, make sure to consume the liquid through a straw so that it bypasses your teeth.
Brush Twice Per Day
Just because you’re dieting does not mean that you should not brush your teeth. On the contrary, brushing and flossing your teeth is one of the best ways to ensure a healthy smile no matter what you are eating. Brushing cleans the surface of your teeth and gums, while flossing removes any wayward food particles that may have become stuck in-between your teeth. Make sure you are doing this at least twice per day, once after every major meal.