Austin Sports Medicine: Diet & Dental Health

This week we have a special guest blog from our good Austin dentist & Round Rock dentist friends at Family Tree Dental Group!

We’re regular readers of Medicine in Motion’s blogs, so we know that nutrition is important to their patients. Whether you have diet restrictions or are focused on sports nutrition needs, it’s something you think about daily. But what you may not realize is that what you eat and how often you eat can affect the development of tooth decay.

Your teeth are covered with a sticky film and debris called plaque. If you don’t clean your teeth after eating, plaque converts the sugar in food to acid that can attack your tooth enamel. Plaque can also harden into calculus, which cannot be removed by regular brushing and flossing. Good ways to reduce your risk for tooth decay include:

  • Brush twice a day
  • Floss once a day
  • Eat foods low in sugar
  • Drink plenty of water
  • Limit snacking
  • Regular dental checkups

Research has shown that some foods counter the effects of acid attacks, including: cheese, peanuts and sugar-free gum.

Remember, the food you eat can affect your teeth long after finishing a meal. If you have an oral healthcare question or are looking for a dental home, visit or send us an email.