Having a healthy diet is essential to having healthy teeth and gums. Many types of food and beverages contain sugar, and the plaque that accumulates on your teeth feeds on the food sugars that is left in your mouth. Plaque produces acids that break down tooth enamel and irritate the gums, as well as causes tooth decay, cavities, bleeding gums, and gum disease. Therefore, it is important for you to carefully brush your teeth after eating because the longer food sugars stay in your mouth, the more likely oral health issues can occur.
It would be impossible to eliminate sugar in your diet because sugar is present in almost all foods, but it is important to control the amount of sugar that you consume. Avoid heavily processed foods as these contain added sugars, and read food labels and choose foods with low or zero added sugar. Whatever you choose to eat, practice moderation.