Brushing and flossing properly on a regular basis is essential for a healthy smile, but did you know that nutrition has an impact on your dental health as well? Eating a diverse range of nutrient-dense foods from all food groups promotes healthy teeth and gums. A well-balanced diet that includes fruits, vegetables, protein-rich foods, grains, and dairy provides essential nutrients for good oral and overall health.
Acidic and Sugary Foods
Cavities in teeth are one of the most common oral health issues caused by diet. Cavities are caused by a combination of factors, including bacteria in your mouth, frequent snacking, drinking sugary drinks, and not cleaning your teeth thoroughly. Sugars and carbohydrates from food combine with bacteria in your mouth, converting them into acid. This acid eats away your tooth enamel, the hard covering on your teeth, causing holes or cavities.
Acidic foods can cause cavities and other oral health problems such as canker sores. Tomatoes and citrus fruits such as oranges, grapefruit, and lemons are high in acidity. Sugary foods also include cookies, cakes, pies, and candy, which can leave a sugary residue on your teeth. Despite being a popular summer beverage, lemonade is acidic and often contains sugar. Sodas are another acidic beverage that may be high in sugar content.
Foods for Good Oral Health
Calcium-rich foods, such as low-fat or fat-free milk, yogurt, and cheese, as well as fortified soymilk, aid in the development of strong teeth and bones. Tofu (made with calcium sulfate), canned salmon, almonds, and some green leafy vegetables are also good sources of calcium.
Phosphorus, a mineral found in eggs, fish, lean meat, dairy, nuts, and beans, is beneficial to dental health.
Vitamin C-rich foods, such as citrus fruits, tomatoes, peppers, broccoli, potatoes, and spinach.
Some Other Tips
- Snacking wisely can also help keep your mouth healthy. Resist the urge to snack frequently, especially between meals, as the more often you eat, the more likely acid attacks on your teeth will occur.
- If you must snack, make wise choices. Instead of sugary treats like candies or chocolates, choose nutritious options like raw vegetables, fruits, plain yogurt, and popcorn.
- Brush your teeth after snacking to avoid cavities.
- If you are unable to brush your teeth, rinse your mouth with water to remove food residues.
Think before you eat and drink for a healthy lifestyle and healthy teeth and gums. Not only what you eat, but also when you eat, can have an impact on your dental health. Consume a well-balanced diet and limit between-meal snacks.
Please reach out to Persimmon Dental Care in Dublin, CA, to have a consultation with our dentists. Please call us at (925) 999-8282 or schedule an online consultation, and we’ll guide you further.