It’s not just what you eat that affects your oral health: It’s also how you eat it. According to the American Dental Association, following a few key tips can make a big difference in preventing decay. To protect your teeth, consider doing the following:
• If you’re going to eat sugary candies or foods, do it during a meal. The saliva produced while eating a full meal will help neutralize any damaging acids and rinse any lingering particles from your teeth.
• It’s better to eat foods that contain starches or sugars all at once, rather than gradually throughout the day. Each time a person eats these foods, harmful acids attack the teeth for at least 20 minutes.
• Chew sugarless gum after snacks to help increase saliva flow and minimize the potential for decay.
• Drink water with fluoride: Most public water sources contain this important additive, but be sure to check your bottled water, as well. Consuming fluoride can help prevent tooth decay.
By following these simple suggestions, you can help protect your teeth from the damage caused by foods and drinks. Talk to a dentist on your True Care Advantage plan to learn more about ways to prevent cavities, particularly when it comes to your children. Taking these crucial steps now could save you valuable time and money in the future.