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What you eat affects your waistline, self-esteem, and your overall health. We all know this, and some of us are more painfully aware of it than others.

But did you know that your diet has a direct impact on your teeth? If you don’t have a balanced diet, you run the risk of harming not only your overall wellness but your teeth as well.

At the dental practice of Barbara Vondergoltz Flesch, DDS in Houston, Texas, we want you to know how critical your diet is to your tooth health. That’s why we put this post together. So let’s look at a few of the links between diet and teeth.

Eating away enamel
If you have a diet that’s high in acidic foods – such as citrus fruits – then you’re doing a number on your enamel. That’s the hard outer layer of your teeth that protects the living bundle of nerves inside of your tooth. If that gets damaged, your tooth is at risk of severe infection and even death.

Acidic foods aren’t always bad, but they should be consumed in moderation to make sure that your oral health doesn’t suffer.

Building up plaque
If you eat a lot of foods high in sugar, you’ll end up with much more plaque buildup than others. Plaque is the rough layer of debris that forms on the surface of your teeth throughout a day. It’s easy to remove, thankfully, which is why we recommend brushing twice daily. But if you don’t remove it, the plaque will build up at a high rate, putting you at risk for gum disease and cavities.

Your diet has a direct impact on how healthy your mouth is. Without a good diet, it’s almost impossible to have good oral health. If you have any other questions, please call us today at 713-789-7913. Dr. Barbara Flesch and our team look forward to helping you with your oral care needs!