Maintaining Oral Health and Diet

At this time, we want to remind patients that a healthy diet can improve oral health, as well as brushing and flossing twice a day. Dr. Richard Van Gurp and his team are passionate about their patient’s health. You can request a consultation with Dr. Van Gurp online or by calling (704) 542-2884.

Charlotte, NC diet and oral health

Avoid Sugary Foods and Drinks

Tooth decay is caused by bacteria that feed on sugar. A diet that is high in sugar can be a risk factor when it comes to tooth decay and cavities. After eating something sugary, it is important to clean your mouth. Drinking water, brushing your teeth, and even chewing a piece of sugar-free gum can help wash residual sugar out of the mouth and clean teeth.

Sugary foods and drinks are okay in moderation; however, it is important to clean your mouth after eating or drinking sugary products. Fruits are rich in nutrients but they are also rich in sugar. Brush your teeth whether you’re eating candy or fruit as both can cause tooth decay and even gum disease if teeth are not taken care of properly.

Enjoy Dairy Products

Dairy products like milk, cheese, and yogurt are good sources of calcium and protein, which are great at strengthening teeth. Cultured dairy products such as yogurt can give an extra benefit. The probiotic nature of cultured foods helps good bacteria to crowd out bad decay-causing bacteria in your mouth.

Eat Your Vegetables

Vegetables are a great source of nutrients and minerals that your body needs. Leafy greens like spinach are rich in folic acid, a nutrient that has been shown to reduce tooth decay, as well as calcium, which strengthens bones. Crunchy vegetables such as celery and carrots have high water content which can help clean out sugars and bacteria from enamel and between teeth. Their crunchy texture also scrapes teeth clean as they are chewed.