Life hacking is on the rise, and paying attention to your diet more carefully only gets more and more in vogue these days. Of course, this can be taken to the extreme as anything can be, to where you might find yourself at a fancy restaurant asking what the name of the duck was in your locally-sourced, 100% organic, overly-priced dish. You don’t really have to go to these lengths to be more aware of your diet. However, it is a good idea to pay attention to what you put in your body.
Since there is a direct correlation to oral health and overall health, we like to suggest our patients snack intelligently, as a way to promote healthy habits that will last them a lifetime. Sugary snacks can attack your teeth as much as they do your psyche. Sugar highs come along with sugar lows, and before you know it you’re crashing on the couch.
You’d be surprised how good healthy snacking can make you feel and even more surprised at how much better healthy snacks are for your teeth. The first step is to make sure that you pay closer attention to everything that you eat. You can start by reducing your sugar intake, saying “no” to desserts a little bit more, or even limiting your sugar intake to once a day, after which you have a designated time and space to brush your teeth immediately afterward. As with many things in life, having a plan can go a long way towards maintaining your oral health. Making good decisions might be tough initially, but eventually, they will become habits.
Instead of Reaching for Those Munchies and Sodas, Keep the Following in Mind:
- Drink plenty of water. Water can go a long way towards hydrating your body, keeping you balanced and healthy. Since your body is mostly made up of water, this makes sense. Drinking water instead of sodas or caffeinated beverages will prevent tooth stains, as well as sugar contact with your teeth.
- Prepare snacks that incorporate the important food groups.
- Fruits and vegetables are great, just try to eat more veggies than fruits, since they still contain sugar. You can also arrange to brush your teeth or at the very least drink water in order to rinse your mouth of sugar.
- Eat lean sources of protein (even vegetable based protein if you want to be extra healthy). Chicken and other skinless poultry, seafood and fish, dry beans, peas and other legumes.
- Stick with low-fat or even fat-free dairy.
Limit Your Snacking, if Possible
Or, at the very least, make sure that you pick up an apple or some carrots and celery more often than you pick up a candy bar. You can eat almonds and walnuts packed with protein in order to fuel your day. However, it is generally better for your teeth to snack less because your body produces more saliva during actual meals, which can help rinse your teeth and reduce the effects of acids, which eventually cause cavities.
And For the Lord’s Sake, Please Brush and Floss Those Teeth!
Your best bet will always be brushing properly multiple times a day, incorporating a rigorous flossing routine into the mix. If you stay on top of your brushing and incorporate this with healthy eating habits, the sky is the only limit for your oral and physical health. You’ll find yourself more confident and less likely to dread your next visit at Bedford Dental Group. Which leads us to our last respectful suggestion:
Schedule Your Check-Ups and Cleanings with Bedford Dental Group Twice Annually!
We’ll always let you know how you’re doing at Bedford Dental Group. To achieve great oral health and that million dollar smile what will open so many doors for you, it takes the power of two: you and your dentist! Contact us today and we’ll schedule your consultation, your cleaning, or your routine check-up today.