You have probably heard the adage, “You are what you eat” at least a hundred times in your life – but have you ever applied this thinking to your smile? For instance, do you know how nutrition affects your oral health? It’s obvious that healthy eating promotes overall health. However, when it comes to your mouth’s health, you may be overlooking some essential details that can leave you scratching your head in confusion. Allow us to provide you with some insightful advice!
About Vitamin Deficiencies
If you suffer from a vitamin deficiency, the issue will likely affect multiple areas of your body. As for your oral health, we often see changes like alterations in color. For instance, if you’re not getting enough folic acid or if you are low on B12, your tongue might suddenly look quite red. Eating a balanced diet or considering taking supplements will help protect your smile.
Eating Too Much Sugar
Even a single dessert every day can have a negative effect on your oral health – rinsing and brushing afterwards is always beneficial. As you can imagine, if you eat a lot of sugar, you are at a much higher risk of developing tooth decay. Do yourself a favor and consider concentrating on a more balanced diet by limiting sugars and consuming more whole foods to avoid problems like cavities.
Snacking On Ice
Snacking on ice may be a sign that you are low on iron, potentially suffering from anemia. Then again, some individuals simply form a habit of snacking on this crunchy option because they enjoy it. We suggest you speak with us about your ice eating, so we may discuss your overall health. We also suggest you limit or avoid chewing on ice altogether because it can strain your TMJs and damage your teeth.