(NC) Food and beverage choices affect your oral and overall health. The more sugar you eat, the worse off your teeth and body will be.
Sugar-rich foods increase the risks of tooth decay and obesity, and carbonated beverages, which are also high in sugar, contribute to the erosion of tooth enamel.
As your partners in prevention, dental hygienists remind you to maintain a balanced and nutritious diet so that teeth and gums receive the nutrients that are essential to maintaining oral and overall health. They offer five simple tips:
- Make water your beverage of choice.
- Eat foods from all four food groups.
- Avoid sugary snacks, carbonated beverages, and chewy, sticky foods.
- Brush twice a day for two minutes each time.
- Clean between your teeth and use an antiseptic mouthwash daily.
During your next dental appointment, ask your dental hygienist about healthy food and beverage choices that will keep your smile bright for a lifetime.
Watch for the release of the revised Canada Food Guide later this year, and find more tips at www.dentalhygienecanada.ca.