What’s the most important meal of the day? Breakfast! With today being National Bacon Day, add some bacon to your lunch burger or, make breakfast for dinner!
Unfortunately, like a lot of things, bacon isn’t good for you. Not only does it have a negative effect on your heart, but your teeth as well.
National Bacon Day & Your Teeth
Whether you like it chewy or extra crispy, nobody ever says no to bacon. The problem is that it breaks up into little, stringy pieces of meat when you chew it. These pieces of meat stick between your teeth where they can irritate your gums. If the bacon debris stays there for a long period of time, it irritates your gums to the point that chewing becomes painful.
The good news is with regular brushing, and especially flossing, you’ll remove the bacon from your teeth. Unfortunately, this will do nothing to protect your heart from bacon, so eat it in moderation.
Eat More Fruit
Instead of ordering a side of home fries with your bacon, order fresh fruit. Fruits like grapefruit, cantaloupes, apples, and berries have the nutrients needed to protect your health. The fiber in fresh fruit help generate saliva as you chew your food. The saliva helps wash away any bacon debris.
Unfortunately, fruits like grapefruit and oranges are high in acid. Weakening your enamel isn’t good, so, drink water with breakfast instead of coffee! Make sacrifices for your dental and overall health.
Take Care of Your Smile on National Bacon Day
Here are some tips that can help prevent cavities and tooth decay:
- First, brush regularly with fluoride toothpaste: You should brush your teeth twice a day for two minutes with a fluoride-containing toothpaste.
- Secondly, rinse with mouthwash: After brushing and flossing, rinse with mouthwash for added protection against tooth decay. A mouthwash with fluoride can help your teeth be more resistant to decay.
- Thirdly, avoid Frequent Snacking: Frequent snacking and drinking sweets can increase the chances of tooth decay. The more you snack, the more your teeth get exposed to acids that erode the enamel. If you can’t decrease the frequency of snacking, at least remember to rinse your mouth or wash your teeth after every snack.
- Fourth, drink Tap Water: Most cities have added fluoride to their public water supply. Fluoride contributes to your teeth by strengthening the tooth enamel and preventing early tooth decay. Bottled water doesn’t provide fluoride benefits.
- Finally, visit your Dentist Regularly: Professional teeth cleanings and oral exams are important to prevent cavities. You dentist can guide you to what’s best for your oral health.