We all have our daily priorities. But do yours take your teeth into consideration?
It can be easy to overlook our mouths. Beyond cursory brushing and flossing, and twice-yearly dental exams, how much time do you really spend thinking about your teeth? Problem is, throughout every minute of every day, your teeth are at risk of developing cavities and gum disease – whether you’re thinking about them or not.
The simplest way to jump into the disease prevention lane? Taking a closer look at your diet. Throughout each day, the foods and beverages that you choose affect your teeth in different ways. It’s your call to decide whether those effects are negative or positive. All you need to do is tailor your diet to be tooth-friendly. Don’t worry – this is easier than it sounds. And our Centennial general dentist is here to help. Read on for a few dietary dental tips that will leave you stain- and cavity-free.
The Best Foods for Beautiful, Healthy Teeth
- Dairy – The enamel layer on the outside of your teeth benefits from protection. Dairy like milk, cheese, and unsweetened yogurt does just that. It helps remineralize enamel, providing it with the appropriate nutrients. Dairy can also inhibit the growth of harmful oral bacteria.
- Nuts – Nuts and seeds contain healthy protein and other beneficial nutrients. Cashews are especially tooth-healthy, and chewing on nuts helps enhance saliva flow to rinse away harmful bacteria, acids, and food particles. Just make sure you don’t crack hard shells with your teeth, as this could lead to tooth damage.
- Fresh vegetables – Not only are fresh vegetables rich in vitamins, they also act as natural toothbrushes, scrubbing plaque from your teeth. When you’re out and about and unable to clean your teeth, they’re an ideal choice.
- Non-citrus fruits – While fruit is wonderful for your teeth, citrus is highly acidic and can result in enamel wear. Get plenty of fresh fruit, but but conservative with oranges, lemons, and grapefruit.
- Overall, a balanced diet – Your smile benefits from well-rounded nutrition, as does the rest of your body. Getting a variety of vitamins and minerals will support healthy teeth and gums. If you’re in need of a dietary overhaul, consult a nutritionist to take healthy steps forward. Any kind of diet is typically bad for your teeth – especially if it’s a fad one that cuts out large swathes of your food options.
Snacks and Treats to Avoid (Your Smile Will Thank You)
We know you’re aware that sugar leads to cavities. But there are other common causes of problems that may not be on your radar. Consider cutting down the following:
- Orange juice and soda – Highly acidic drinks wash over your teeth, eroding your enamel and making it easier for decay to form.
- Dried fruit – Dried fruit may seem like a healthy alternative to candy, but it actually contains just as much sugar. The sticky fruit also sticks to your teeth, giving rise to cavities and plaque.
- Starchy snacks – Starches give rise to high levels of oral acids, which eat away at your teeth. Next lunchtime, put the potato chips aside.
A Few Tips from our Centennial General Dentist
We want to give our patients the best possible chance of avoiding uncomfortable, destructive tooth decay and gum disease. This blog post is just the start – we have so many resources available to our patients. If you ever have any questions about your health or dietary choices, contact our Centennial dentist for some help. We’re always here to serve our patients.