A healthy diet is about more than maintaining a healthy weight. Good nutrition helps to prevent disease, and oral diseases are no exception.
Antioxidants and other nutrients found in fruits, vegetables, legumes and nuts may strengthen immunity and improve the body’s ability to fight bacteria and inflammation. All of these benefits can help protect your teeth and gums. Some foods and dietary habits even have distinct effects on the mouth’s ability to handle cavity-causing bacteria.
You may already know that cavity-causing organisms feed on the sugar in foods and beverages and convert the sugar to acid, which then attacks tooth enamel and causes tooth decay. But did you know that acidic foods and drinks can wear away your enamel, leaving your teeth sensitive, cracked and discolored?
A diet that promotes good oral health is not just about the foods you eat or avoid. When and how you eat is equally important.
Last updated March 17, 2022
The oral health information on this website is intended for educational purposes only. Always consult a licensed dentist or other qualified health care professional for any questions concerning your oral health.