While most people know that it’s important to watch the foods you put into your body for dietary purposes, the contribution of foods to your oral health is often overlooked. Sure, sugary items and sodas are bad for your teeth, but what foods can help you on your path to a beautiful smile?
There are a number of foods and drinks that get a bad reputation due to their adverse effects on your teeth and gums such as candy, soda, and even coffee. However, the items below have been shown to have positive effects on strengthening your teeth, freshening your breath, and treating gum disease.
Water is Key to Oral Health
Regular water intake helps keep you hydrated, which in turn keeps saliva levels at a high point. Saliva is known as a best defense against tooth decay because it contains healthy proteins and mineral that fight plaque. In addition, nearly 75% of US homes have access to fluoridated water right from their sinks, which helps keep your teeth resistant to cavities.
Calcium Builds Strong Teeth
Are you a cheese lover? If so, you should be smiling right now! Cheese, yogurt, milk, and other dairy products can help strengthen your teeth over time. In fact, hard cheeses help increase saliva production, which can help in the same way as water. Most yogurts also contain great probiotics that can assist in fighting the bacteria that causes cavities. Just make sure to pick one with low sugar content!
Healthy Sugars Help Your Smile
We all know that fruits are an integral part of keeping a healthy diet. But did you know that they can help whiten your smile and fight plaque? Strawberries in particular are full of malic acid which could help whiten your teeth over time. And while citrus is often too acidic, oranges are the least acidic and hold all of the benefits of other fruits. Overall, apples are shown to be one of the most helpful fruits, and they increase saliva production, and stimulate the gums.
Go Nuts With Almonds
Adding a handful of nuts to your meal can be a huge step in stimulating oral health. Nuts, particularly almonds, are filled with elements like calcium and phosphorus that are beneficial to your teeth. They also don’t add to risk of cavities, as they are low in carbohydrates, which activate acid-producing bacteria.
Restricting your diet to leave out bad sugars and foods can be helpful to both your teeth and body, but you can still enjoy each and every meal and have something to smile about. For more information about keeping your mouth healthy, contact Dr. J.D. Robinette, DDS, FICOI today!