Avoid Sugar for a Healthier SmileDental hygiene is a great way to care for your smile. Visiting the dentist regularly for checkups and cleanings is also essential to great oral health. But have you thought about how your dietary choices are also impacting your teeth and gums? What you eat and drink plays a huge role in your smile’s health, either helping to protect it or potentially harming it. So it’s important to make sure you are making smart choices for both your body and your smile. One of the best things you can do for your smile is limiting your sugar consumption.

Be Mindful of How Much Sugar You’re Consuming

Since bacteria are particularly fond of sugar, the more sugar you consume the more likely you are to struggle with dental decay, which is caused by acidic plaque bacteria buildup. To avoid cavities, then, it’s best to limit your sugar consumption. Of course, this can also be great for your overall health, too.

  • While obvious sweets should be limited, you should also be mindful of how much sugar is in any of the packaged foods you buy.
  • Many items, from granola bars to crackers, have surprisingly high amounts of sugar. Even seemingly healthy items, often marketed to dieters, are often extremely high in sugar. Yogurts and sports drinks, for instance, are often high in sugar.
  • Try to choose items that don’t list sugar as a leading ingredient. Better yet, opt for fresh fruits and vegetables, which have nutrients your whole body needs, and water content, which your smile needs.
  • Instead of drinking sweetened beverages, drink more water! Water is absolutely essential to oral and overall health.
  • No amount of healthy eating is a substitute for dental hygiene or checkups and cleanings, of course.