In addition to practicing good oral care through brushing your teeth, flossing and having your teeth regularly cleaned professionally, you can also take care of your teeth through the food that you eat. By incorporating foods into your diet that are rich in the vitamins and minerals that strengthen and protect your teeth and gums, you can ensure that you’re protecting your smile.
Certain foods can actually help strengthen your teeth while also removing bacteria and acid. You might be surprised to know that the majority of foods that are good for your oral health are already in your fridge. Read on to learn about foods that can help your oral health.
The Impact Food Has on Your Teeth
In a recent blog, we talked about Foods That Can Harm Your Teeth. Consuming food and drinks that have a high sugar content such as candy or carbonated beverages can actually weaken and erode your enamel which makes your teeth more susceptible to tooth decay. We encourage you to enjoy your favourite sugary treats in moderation.
Choosing to increase the amount of whole grains, fruits and vegetables, and protein that you consume will positively impact your oral health. In fact, many fruits and vegetables that you might be eating daily are rich in water and fiber that aid in the production of saliva. As a result, this removes those left over food particles that overwise lead to plaque formation.
Dairy products including cheese, yogurt and milk also encourage the production of saliva which protects and cleans your teeth. Being high in vitamin D and calcium, consuming dairy products will help strengthen your teeth and bones.
Similar nutrients are also found in dairy-free alternatives such as almond milk or oat milk. If you aren’t a fan of dairy products, you can also receive your daily dose of calcium and vitamin D from leafy greens! Find out more below.
Eat Your Greens
There’s a reason why you might have been told to “Eat your greens” as a child. Not only do leafy vegetables such as kale contain many vitamins and minerals, they also provide many other benefits to both your oral and digestive health! Leafy greens such as spinach are high in calcium, folic acid and B vitamins. Leafy green vegetables aren’t your thing? You can add them to your smoothies to still reap the benefits. Your teeth will thank you for it!
Benefits of Fruits and Vegetables
Fibrous fruits such as apples also keep your teeth and gums clean by increasing saliva flow. You might be wondering: “Can I just drink apple juice?” Apple juice often has added sugar which can contribute to tooth decay. As a result, we recommend fresh apples over apple juice. Other fibrous fruits include pears, bananas, oranges and strawberries.
Fruits and vegetables also contain many natural antioxidants such as vitamin C which help strengthen and protect your gums and the soft tissues in your mouth. Having strong gums is vital to keeping your teeth strong and in place. Another antioxidant, vitamin A, helps increase your saliva which allows you to break down food and remove bacteria from in between your teeth. Fruits and vegetables that are rich in vitamin A include mangos, papaya, carrots and sweet potatoes.
Protein and Nuts
Incorporating lean protein into your diet such as meat, fish, poultry and tofu can help strengthen your teeth due to a mineral they contain called phosphorus which helps keep your teeth strong. Nuts are also a great source of phosphorus and calcium (which is why almond milk acts as a great dairy-free alternative to milk). Some nuts to add to your grocery list include almonds, Brazil nuts and cashews!
Cranberry Hill Dentistry – Dental Clinic in Waterdown
It’s important to keep a balanced diet including foods you love and perhaps some that you need to add to a smoothie like spinach! Good oral health can be maintained through the foods you eat, brushing and flossing your teeth and attending regular dental cleanings and check-ups with a dentist. If you are interested in booking a professional cleaning or a consultation with a dentist in Waterdown, contact Cranberry Hill Dentistry at 905-689-955.