Diet Changes For Healthier Teeth In La Mesa

Diet Changes For Healthier Teeth In La Mesa

Hello, I am Dr. Jeff Gray of Jeff Gray DDS in La Mesa. Today’s blog topic is ‘How Your Diet Affects Your Smile.’

I’m sure you brush and floss regularly and hopefully visit your La Mesa cosmetic dentist for cleanings, but did you know that making small changes to your diet can improve your oral health?

Most La Mesa residents are aware that sugar found in candy, cookies, and sodas can harm your teeth, but some La Mesa people don’t realize that all carbohydrates can cause cavities. A handful of pretzels or a piece of pumpernickel bread can have the same effect on your teeth as a fudge brownie.

All carbohydrates break down into simple sugars, which are converted into plaque, which can then cause cavities and gum disease. Carbs are naturally sticky and adhere to your teeth. Eating carbs with meals is healthier than eating them as snacks because more saliva is generated at mealtime. Saliva helps prevent food particles from sticking to teeth.

At Jeff Gray DDS, I continue to see tooth damage caused by sodas and sports drinks. If you choose to drink them, sip them through a straw. By limiting the contact of these drinks on your teeth, you will help preserve your enamel.

Another way La Mesa folks can improve their oral health is to get 800mg of calcium a day for men and 1,000mg for women under 50. Calcium helps strengthen your jaw and secure your teeth firmly in the jaw bone.

Diet alone will not prevent cavities and gum disease for La Mesa folks, however, a few changes in eating habits can help maintain healthy teeth and gums. Do you have a cavity? Talk to us about tooth colored fillings.

My staff and I at Jeff Gray DDS are accepting new La Mesa general, cosmetic and sedation dentistry patients in the 91942 zip code area. I encourage you to call 619-337-7700 today to schedule an exam and cleaning.

Jeff Gray DDS offers a full menu of general and specialty dental services including cosmetic and sedation dentistry and laser dentistry. For more information, call today to schedule an appointment or visit

Dr. Jeff Gray
Jeff Gray DDS
8555 Fletcher Pkwy Ste 102
La Mesa, California 91942