Types of Foods We Should Eat for Constantly Healthier Teeth
Posted on 5/10/2021 by Dr. Poovey
|Your teeth are important, as they are part of your digestive system. They make it possible for you to eat your food so it can be digested for nutrient absorption and health. Therefore, it pays to focus on eating foods that support healthy gums and teeth.
When it comes to healthier teeth, generally, your best bets are fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains, dairy products, and proteins, such as lean fish and poultry. You want to eat foods that strengthen the teeth while providing you with total nutrition. While some foods, such as citrus, may provide you with a good source of nutrition, such as vitamin C, they can also erode the dental enamel. When making food choices then, you need to focus on more alkaline foods that do not wear down the enamel and steer away from acidic foods, processed foods, and foods that contain refined flour or sugar.
The Best Foods to Eat
To ensure sustained dental health, the best foods to eat include leafy greens, such as lettuce and kale, and fruits, such as apples and pears and strawberries. Vegetables, such as broccoli, carrots, celery, cauliflower, or green beans, are also good for your gums and teeth. Yogurt, cheese, and milk can also be consumed as can dehydrated soups, as long as you add tap water, which contains fluoride.
What to Avoid
Foods that can cause dental problems include soft breads or potato chips – starches that can get stuck between the teeth. Also, you want to avoid ice cream (which contains added sugar), and sticky candies and sweets, especially foods, such as peanut brittle or hard candies. Don't chew ice and avoid drinking carbonated beverages that contain sugar.
Maintaining your overall health begins with a healthy mouth. That is why choosing dental-friendly foods are important to your overall well-being. Also, if you have not had a cleaning or exam in the past 6 months, call us now to book an appointment. We can schedule a time that will work conveniently for you.