Your Diet and Your Oral Health: The Facts

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Do you brush and floss your teeth twice a day for two minutes at a time? Do you visit your dentist every six months and use mouthwash? Do you ever wonder if there’s anything else you might be able to do for your pearly whites? Would you be surprised to learn that your diet can have an immediate impact on your oral health?

Of course, your diet can also have a long-term affect on your teeth. For example, if you don’t have enough calcium in your diet, your teeth could weaken. Following an unhealthy diet will also leave you more susceptible to gum disease and to tooth decay. Please note that your teeth will also be impacted as soon as you eat because bacteria in your mouth will produce acids, which will weaken your teeth. We usually recommend waiting for at least thirty minutes after eating to brush your teeth. If you don’t, you might damage your teeth—but after thirty minutes pass, the outer layer of your teeth will harden again. However, please remember that snacking throughout your day is dangerous because your teeth will be almost constantly exposed to these harmful acids. This will leave your teeth more susceptible to tooth decay.

If you’d like to hear more about how you can deal with tooth decay in San Antonio, Texas, we invite you to give Bee Family Dentistry a call at 210-690-9430. Our dentist, Dr. Catherine Boenitz, and our team will be happy to answer any questions you have and to inspect your smile for signs of trouble. We’re excited to hear from you!