We all know that what we eat matters to our overall health, but did you know the food you eat affects your teeth as well? The foods you eat can have a positive impact on your oral health! Here are four foods to integrate into your balanced diet for a healthy smile:
Fruits and Veggies: Fruits and veggies have high water content, cleaning the mouth as they go. They also provide fiber to the body, which balances out the sugars present in many fruits. Dark leafy greens are also especially good for teeth, as they contain vitamin A, vitamin C, beta carotene, calcium, and magnesium. Fruits and vegetables are a delicious part of a balanced diet.
Dairy: If you can, choose high-calcium, low-sugar dairy products such as yogurt, milk, and cheese. They provide calcium and protein to the mouth, strengthening enamel. They are also low in sugar, which helps prevent tooth decay. If you cannot eat dairy, talk to your dentist about other excellent sources of calcium and necessary nutrients for your teeth.
Lean Protein: Alongside calcium, phosphorus plays a key role in dental health by building and protecting tooth enamel. Protein-rich food such as milk, fish, poultry, meat, and eggs are excellent sources of phosphorus. And don’t forget nuts! Most nuts are low in carbohydrates, which is great for teeth. The acid-producing bacteria which causes tooth decay feeds on carbohydrates leftover in the mouth. Nuts also provide protein and minerals important for overall health. Chewing nuts also stimulates saliva, which spreads fortifying nutrients and disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth.
Water: Water, especially fluoridated water, is the best beverage for a healthy smile. Fluoride is a substance that makes teeth more resistant to the bacteria that can cause cavities. About 75% of the US population has access to fluoridated water. Just think–water from your kitchen sink is excellent protection against cavities!
For more information on a mouth-healthy diet, talk to us at The Art of Dentistry. Call 972-441-8199 today!