Eating out at a restaurant can be a great way to enjoy a meal with friends and family or even just a night out. But it’s important to remember that while it can be fun, it can also impact your dental health. Here are some tips to help you ensure good dental hygiene when eating out.
What To Drink
First, limit sugary or acidic drinks. Sugary drinks like soda, juice and even sweet tea can cause cavities. Acidic drinks like coffee and wine can erode tooth enamel. If you choose to drink sweet or acidic beverages at a restaurant, try to drink them with a meal and not as a stand-alone snack. This can help reduce the amount of sugar or acid that comes in contact with your teeth.
What To Eat
Second, try to choose calcium-rich foods like fish or poultry and crunchy vegetables. Calcium-rich foods help keep teeth strong and healthy, which will keep enamel erosion and cavities away.
Finally, if you do eat something acidic, like citrus fruits or tomatoes, try to wait at least 30 minutes after you eat before brushing your teeth. This will give your teeth time to remineralize and help reduce the risk of wearing away tooth enamel.
What To Bring
If you’re worried about keeping fresh breath, pack a breath spray or breath drops, or even a mouth rinse in your bag for after your meal until you can brush your teeth when you get home. Extra points if you bring dental picks or brushes to floss on the go.
Following these tips can help you ensure good dental hygiene when eating out at a restaurant. Remember, it’s essential to take care of your teeth and protect them from damage no matter where you are because good oral healthcare is about what you do every day, not just when it’s convenient.