We have heard several times that we should stay away from sugar and soda for oral health. We tend to focus on the foods we should avoid rather than the foods we should incorporate into our diet. In fact, some of the foods we should eat to keep our teeth healthy and strong. Specifically, we need a few different vitamins to keep our smile healthy.
Deficiency of vitamin B in your diet leads to canker sores and trouble swallowing. Similarly, without vitamin C you’ll have difficulty fighting off infection. Foods like carrots, peppers, strawberries, and kiwi are all good sources of vitamin C. You’ll also need vitamin D to keep your teeth and bones strong and healthy. To get vitamin D, try dairy products. Furthermore, drinking milk will actually help you fight against tooth decay.
However, there are others foods and drinks you should include in your diet. For instance, if you eat apples you’ll increase your saliva flow, which will keep bad bacteria out of your mouth. Similarly, sugar-free gum, celery, and crisp vegetables can increase saliva flow. Unsweetened tea can also fight off bacteria, though sugar can negate the benefit. Finally, remember to drink enough water. Water will wash bacteria from your mouth and keep your smile clean between brushing. Fish and flaxseed are both rich sources of omega-3 fatty acids, which prevent inflammation and may help protect against gum disease.
As a general rule, you should:
• Eat plenty of fruits and vegetables
• Be sure you eat sufficient calcium from a variety of sources
• Avoid highly acidic foods, which can erode your enamel
• Avoid sugary foods and sodas
• Avoid sticky foods that cling to your teeth
If you are interested in learning more about how your diet can affect your smile, please feel free to contact Expressions Dental. Our team look forward to hearing from you.