Your oral health is important. If you neglect it you are likely to suffer from cavities which can lead to tooth decay and even the loss of teeth. This will have an effect on your confidence and then a knock-on effect on your social abilities and even your ability to succeed in life!
Alongside this, research shows that oral health is directly linked to your overall health. Poor oral health increases the likelihood of infection, plaque build-up in arteries, and even occurrences of dementia.
In short, you need to start looking after your oral health. That means brushing twice a day, flowing once, and regular visits to a reputable dentist. Alongside this, you need to be aware of how your diet affects your oral health.
1- Sugar Intake
Sugar interacts with bacteria already present in your mouth. The by-product of this is acid which will coat your teeth and attack the enamel. Over time it will weaken the enamel, causing cavities to start appearing.
You can reduce the amount of acid produced by watching what you eat.
Most processed foods are high in sugars and salts. That makes them bad for your oral health as well as your overall health. It’s not just in what you eat. Some drinks, especially sodas, have very high sugar levels. It’s best to cut them out.
Equally, you also need to stop snacking between meals as this increases the amount of time your teeth are exposed to acid.
Your body tries to dilute the acid in your mouth and reduce damage. It does this by releasing saliva. However, if you suffer from dry mouth or are not adequately hydrated you won’t produce enough saliva. This means the acid won’t be weakened and it will continue to attack your teeth.
Aim to drink at least eight large glasses of water a day to help dilute any acid and protect your teeth.
Alcohol contains a surprising amount of sugar and it is also very good at dehydrating your mouth. Unsurprisingly, this increases the strain on your oral health as the mouth is unable to protect itself from acid attacks.
The result is tooth decay. However, you can prevent this today by reducing your alcohol intake. The same is true if you smoke which is a major cause of dry mouth. Reducing or eliminating these bad habits will help your oral health.
4- Finger Biting
It may seem strange to include biting fingers in the diet but it’s relevant. Some people bite their fingernails because they are stressed. However, for many people, it is an unconscious reaction based on your body lacking important minerals.
If this is the case, you’re going to need to check your diet and improve your mineral intake.
You should note that biting your nails places stress on the enamel of your teeth. It increases the likelihood that the enamel will be worn down and no longer be able to protect your teeth.