- On July 8, 2016
Healthy teeth begin with a healthy diet. The foods you eat have a direct effect on your oral health, and by eating healthier, you will have a healthier, brighter smile. Not only that, but you will feel better and your body will thank you for cutting back on the sweets, acids, and other ingredients that sap your energy and make you more susceptible to the cold, flu, and other illnesses.
A healthy mouth begins with dairy products. Cheese, milk, and yogurt are full of Vitamin D and calcium which help your teeth and bones stay strong and resilient. Additionally, these dairy products help raise the pH level in your mouth which helps inhibit the growth of bacteria. The result is there are fewer bacteria to attack your enamel and inflame your gums.
Leafy, green vegetables
Leafy greens are also a good addition to a healthy diet. Lettuce, kale, and spinach are rich sources of folic acid and calcium. These help keep enamel strong which is the key to preventing decay from taking hold in your teeth. Just remember that they should be eaten raw for maximum benefit, as cooking these greens removes some of the vitamins and minerals from these delicious veggies.
Fruits and other vegetables
Healthy teeth also benefit from carrots, apples, and celery. Chewing these produces plenty of saliva which helps rinse bacteria and other germs from your mouth. The fibrous texture also acts as a sort of scrub brush that helps remove the buildup of plaque and tartar from your teeth. That doesn’t mean you shouldn’t brush after eating these, though.
Another fantastic addition to a healthy dental diet are almonds and other nuts. These are low in sugar, low in fat, and packed with protein. They are also a wonderful source of calcium which is an essential mineral for dental health. Just remember, a candy bar or chocolate-coated almonds aren’t the same as eating a handful of raw nuts during your next snack break as the sugar they contain will negate any positive effect from the nuts themselves.
Choose water over sodas
Dentists also recommend drinking plenty of water and ditching the soda and other drinks high in fructose corn syrup. These do considerable damage to dental health and water does a far better job of keeping you hydrated. It can also help regulate the pH balance in your mouth and make it more difficult for bacteria to flourish and thrive. Tap water also contains a little bit of fluoride which helps protect your enamel.
Dr. David Brumbaugh
When choosing healthy foods for healthy teeth, be on the lookout for hidden sugars and acids. Sugary soft drinks, sweetened fruit juices, and energy drinks are packed with these ingredients. The same is true with candy, and even dried fruits which can stick to teeth and speed up the process of decay.
Dr. David Brumbaugh, DDS would be happy to take a look at your teeth and help you craft a plan to keep your smile bright and healthy. A native of Ft. Worth, Texas, Dr. Brumbaugh is a dentist in Dallas who believes in providing the very best dental care and guidance to his patients. When you are ready to protect your smile, contact our office at 214-945-8708 to schedule an appointment.