How Do Eating and Chewing Gum Affect Your Teeth?

added on: October 3, 2017

There is more to dental and periodontal health care than just brushing your teeth. Cleaning your whole mouth and eating well are excellent habits to integrate into your life as you take care of your smile.  

Eat Well: Eating well directly affects your mouth health. Be sure to get lots of calcium and lean protein in your diet, as well as a rainbow of fruit and vegetables to make sure you are getting enough vitamins and minerals. Many people turn to dairy products to meet their calcium needs, however, you can find calcium from plenty of other sources, such as dark leafy greens, beans, tofu, and fortified foods like orange juice.

Chew Gum: After eating and drinking, particularly acidic foods and food products, your mouth is more sensitive to abrasion (this includes your teeth and gums).  This is important to know, as toothpaste and the act of brushing are both mildly abrasive to your teeth. Thus, it is not a good idea to brush immediately after eating. Try chewing sugar-free gum for 20 minutes instead. This stimulates saliva flow, which cleans your mouth.

Basic Hygiene: Be sure to brush your teeth twice a day for 2 minutes each time. Use gentle pressure and short, tooth-wide strokes. Floss every day, for 2-3 minutes. If conventional flossing is hard for you, talk with Dr. [doctor_name] about alternative interdental cleaners.

Be sure to support these habits with regular visits to your dentist. If you are in the Lafayette, IN area, call Allure Dental at [phone] to set up an appointment today!

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