The saying, “You are what you eat” has been around in various forms for many decades. There’s no question that diet has a direct impact on our overall health. But did you know that what you eat also plays a role in your dental health?
Everyone knows – or should – that a high level of sugar consumption is a bad idea. But eating for dental health goes way beyond avoiding sugar. At Marineland Dental Care in Kennewick, WA, we want to help you keep your teeth strong and healthy for life.
Eat foods that provide your teeth with the mineral they need to remain strong – primarily calcium and phosphorus.
Here are the foods (and beverage!) to focus on for better dental health.
Dairy products like some – but not all – cheeses contain calcium, which helps to support and repair tooth enamel. Be sure to check the labels on the cheeses you buy to make sure you’re getting enough calcium.
Calcium aside, cheese typically requires more chewing than many other foods. Chewing stimulates the flow of saliva which helps wash decay-causing bacteria off your teeth and gums. Be sure to remove all food particles after eating dairy products.
You probably heard your parents say, “Eat your greens!” while you were growing up. There’s a good dental health reason to add more leafy greens to your diet. Kale, spinach, and other leafy greens contain a range of nutrients like calcium, folic acid (a B vitamin), more. Don’t like cooked leafy greens? Add them to your salads for a healthy and satisfying meal or side dish.
Crunchy Fruits and Vegetables
Crunchy fruits and vegetables like apples, carrots, and celery take a lot of chewing. As you’ve read, chewing promotes the flow of saliva which washes decay-causing bacteria off your teeth. Apples and celery in particular contain a large amount of water, which also helps/ In addition, you’ll get the benefit of a wide range of essential nutrients by eating more crunchy fruits and vegetables.
Most “plain” nuts – those that don’t have sugary coatings – are low in sugar, making them a mouth-healthy snack. Some nuts – sliced almonds, for instance – also go great on salads and in some cooked dishes. Nuts are good sources of protein and of the calcium that your teeth need to remain strong.
You probably saw this one coming. Dentists all over the world wish their patients would minimize their consumption of sugary drinks, including sodas and fruit juices. Plain water (tap or bottled) contains no sugar. That robs decay-causing bacteria of a food source. Plus, water is the very best thing you can put into your body and is excellent for rinsing food particles from your mouth.
Let’s face it. Commercially produced snacks are rarely healthy. They’re packed full of salt that your blood pressure probably doesn’t need and sugar that your teeth really don’t need. And frequent snacking can keep food particles in your mouth of extended periods of time. Choose natural, healthy snacks, and be sure to rinse vigorously afterward… using water, of course.
Don’t Forget Regular Dental Cleanings And Examinations
Having cleanings and examinations from Marineland Dental Care in Kennewick, WA is an essential step in maintaining your dental health.
Make an appointment today by calling our office at 509-591-0515 or use our convenient online form. All of us at Marineland Dental Care look forward to helping you keep your teeth healthy and your smile beautiful.