Regular brushing, flossing, and visits to your dentist are essential for maintaining oral health. But equally important is your diet.
Recent studies examining the diets of our ancestors suggest that modern eating habits have dramatically reduced our healthy oral bacteria populations that fight dental infections. Instead, most modern mouths harbor an overabundance of pathogenic, harmful bacteria that feed on the processed sugars and grains ever-present in today’s diets.
For the best tooth-friendly foods, choose low-sugar, whole-food items, particularly nutrient-dense vegetables, and avoid processed and refined foods. Be sure to drink plenty of filtered water to stay hydrated and prevent bacteria from becoming extra sticky and difficult to remove.