The new year is already upon us and if improving your diet is on your list of resolutions, we have another reason besides a slimmer waistline to hold you to your commitment. You may not know that healthy food choices don’t just help your overall body, these habits are also great for your teeth! Your everyday diet can affect your dental health greatly. Keep reading for some tips and facts to help improve your dental health along your way through the year.

Limit Snacking! Not only does the elimination of snacks cut calories, it also cuts down on cavities and excess plaque buildup. Are you wondering how?

It’s simple. Snacks are a quick way to consume food and usually eaten so quick that your mouth doesn’t have quite enough time to catch up with the production of enough saliva to adequately wash away debris and acid. By remaining in your mouth, this can contribute to excess plaque and eventually cavities.

So, if you’re going to reach for a quick bite, a healthy snack such as a crunchy vegetable or fruit instead of something sugary such as soda, sugary juices, candy or pastries. If you’re looking for a few teeth friendly choices, consider: lean proteins, peas and beans, dairy products, or whole grains.

Remember, everything in moderation. Except brushing of course! For the best oral health, always remember to brush your teeth at least twice each day.

Don’t forget to watch our quick video that will remind you of proper brushing and flossing techniques to continue your oral health care regardless of dietary changes.

Are you wondering what else you can do to improve the health of your teeth? Make sure to ask us at your next appointment. Maintaining your routine hygiene care visits is important in keeping your smile healthy and preventing problems from the start.