You are what you eat. But did you know that your diet doesn’t just affect your physical health? It can also have an impact on your oral health.
What to eat for better dental health
Foods are not created equal. There are those that promote dental health and there are also those that cause tooth decay and gum disease.
If you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy, make sure to load up on these good guys:
- Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables
Fiber-packed fruits and vegetables keep your saliva flowing.
Your saliva reduces the effects of acids and enzymes on your teeth. They also contain traces of calcium and phosphate, which help restore the minerals that are lost due to bacterial acids.
This is another food item you should have on hand if you want to keep your saliva flowing, especially after a starchy meal.
Sugar and starch can come in contact with plaque (a thin invisible layer of bacteria), forming acids that can damage your teeth enamel.
- Milk and other dairy products
The calcium and phosphate from milk and other dairy products can help restore some of the minerals lost due to other foods.
Green and black teas contain polyphenols that either kill or keep the bacteria from causing any damage in your mouth.
- Anything that contains fluoride
Fluoride-containing food can help keep your teeth and gums healthy.
Examples are fluoridated water and fluoride-containing powdered juices (as long as they don’t contain a lot of sugar) and dehydrated soups.
On top of watching your diet, it’s also important to have good dental habits like brushing and flossing your teeth regularly and seeing a dentist at least once a year.
Cakmes Dental Studio have dentists and staff who will take good care of your oral health needs. We are committed to giving our patients the best dental care out there.
To schedule an appointment with us, you may call (865) 584-6163.