Your diet plays a major role in preventing cavities and maintaining healthy teeth and gums. Not only does it matter what you eat, when you eat is just as important.
The digestion process begins in your mouth as soon as you eat or drink certain foods. Bacteria in your mouth turn sugars and carbohydrates into acids.
Acids are the enemy of your teeth’s enamel (the hard, outer surface). The more you eat and snack, the more you expose your teeth to the cycle of decay.
Bacteria thrive in your mouth, feeding on sugars. When they build up, they form plaque on your teeth, leading to inflammation that can eventually break down your gums, bone, and other supporting structures of your teeth.
Strong teeth and healthy gums need nutrients—calcium, phosphorous, and vitamin C—from a varied diet. A balanced diet of fruits, vegetables, protein, calcium-rich foods, and whole grains are good for your oral and overall health.