Dieting? Here’s How to Protect Your Dental Health

Dieting? How It Impacts Your Dental HealthIs your main goal for 2017 to take better care of yourself? Does that mean starting a new diet? Many people start the new year hoping to lose a few pounds, and in their efforts to do so they may turn to popular diets, from weight loss shakes to premade meals. Unfortunately, some diets are not great for one’s dental health. So if you want to protect your smile while trying to lose weight, take some key advice from your preventive dentist!

Avoid Sugary and Acidic Beverages

Weight loss shakes, smoothies and juices have long been popular ways of dieting, and while they could potentially help you shed some weight, it’s important to choose items that are actually going to be good for you in the long run, and those that won’t pose a threat to your dental health.

  • Avoid beverages that are high in sugar and those that are acidic, as both sugar and acidity can lead to enamel erosion.
  • Many smoothies and juices are surprisingly high in sugar, for instance. If you are going to enjoy one, follow it up with water, which can help to rinse the teeth clean. Brushing the teeth after snacks – or sugary beverages – is even better.
  • Keep in mind that even adding lemon or other citrus food slices to your water, could actually be damaging to your oral health, as well, since these fruits tend to be high in acidity.
  • In most cases, plain old H20 is your best choice, from a dental standpoint.
  • Many packaged foods contain surprisingly high amounts of sugar, so be sure to read labels before purchasing anything, even items labeled as diet choices. Granola bars, yogurts, and many pre-made meals or energy bars are often loaded with sugar, which can be bad for your dental health.
  • Routine dental visits, including cleanings, are the best way to protect your oral health, long-term.