Your Diet Could Be Destroying Your Teeth. Here’s What You Need To Know.
We all know the basics namely: sugar is bad (hi, cavities!) and brush/floss daily.
But after that, it all gets a bit muddy to how our diets affect our teeth – and what we can do about it.
Are citrus fruits and tomatoes bad for our teeth? What about apples? And bagels?
We’re all sorts of confused, which is why we turned to “dentist to the stars,” Sherri Worth (Anna Kendrick is a patient, which clearly says something!) to get the scoop on how our next bite affects our wanna-be pearly (and, more importantly, healthy!) whites.
Looking for the Cliff’s Notes version?
No matter your diet, you need to brush often and well! It’s why Dr. Worth recommends Plaque HD toothpaste, a new toothpaste that stains plaque green until you brush it away, which, she explains, removes 4 times more plaque than other toothpastes and ensures good oral home care.
For the more detailed explanation, read on!
What Your Diet Says About Your Dental Health
Every diet poses unique challenges for your dental health. Not sure how your diet is affecting your teeth or what you can do about it? Find your diet below to see how your food choices (or lack thereof!) are impacting your smile and what you can do about it…
Paleo/Low-Carb. The gain-free “cave man diet” leaves the oral cavity more acidic, which is a breading ground for decay. Make sure you spend more time brushing and flossing in order to neutralize the effects of an acid-rich diet and consider switching to an alkaline drinking water to help balance the pH.
Vegan. Raw foods, such as dates and fruits, act as a pool of sugar on the teeth. Because of this, Dr. Worth explains, “vegans tend to loose teeth more often than people on regular diets!” (Dr. Andrew Weil actually first reported on this!). So what can you do about it? Yup, you guessed it: brush up!
Gluten-Free. Gluten-Free grains tend to be harder to chew than their gluten-filled counterparts. Too many hard-to-chew gluten-free grains (hi there gluten-free pretzels!), can take a toll on the teeth themselves, wearing down your enamel. To counter the effects of your gluten-free diet, take smaller bites and chew both more slowly and more carefully. “You can even leave [your food] in your mouth a tiny bit to soften [it] prior to chewing,” suggests Dr. Worth.
Sugar-Free. While the sugar-free eater can have every healthy teeth, be careful that you’re not replacing your sugary favorites with sugar substitutes or diet soda, which, Dr. Worth explains, dehydrate the teeth. This is especially problematic for diet soda drinkers, since the carbonation is dehydrating as well. To counter the effects, drink more water and brush your teeth (or, at the very least, rinse your mouth) after drinking soda or eating anything artificially sweetened.
Regardless of your diet, the aforementioned Cliff’s Notes version remains: brush, brush often, and brush well! And, if you’re looking for a new toothpaste to help you out, check out Plaque HD.