You are what you eat. We’ve all heard this before, and we try to make good, healthy choices to keep our bodies strong and healthy. But, have you ever thought about how diet and nutrition can affect your mouth?
Foods And Drinks That Can Cause Problems
By know you have heard that there are certain foods and beverages that can affect the color of your teeth. Strong-colored foods can make your once-white teeth more yellow or dark, such as berries, coffee, tea, or red wine. Drinking plenty of water is a great way to get your hydration while keeping your saliva flowing and your mouth healthy.
There are many foods that can cause problems with your dental work, such as anything sticky or chewy, or anything that is too hard. Of course, sugary drinks and foods have always been a threat to the teeth and are every dentist’s nightmare. Sugar and sticky things help bacteria adhere to your teeth, so make sure you brush after a run-in with these guys.
The Problems With Poor Nutrition
If you aren’t getting the proper nutrition, your teeth and gums can become prone to infection and gum disease. People who suffer from eating disorders often notice more trouble with their teeth. Though poor nutrition is not a direct cause of gum disease, it can help the disease progress faster and can be more severe in those who do not take in the right nutrients.
The Best Foods For Your Teeth
Some of the best foods that you can eat for dental health include cheese, chicken, nuts, and milk. Calcium and phosphorus can be found in these foods and this will help protect your tooth enamel by re-mineralizing your teeth. Green veggies such as spinach, broccoli, and Swiss chard are also full of these minerals so be sure to get plenty of those as well.
Crunchy fruits and veggies, such as apples, celery, and pears, can help stimulate your saliva and wash away bacteria as you chew. You should always choose foods that are healthy for your body, like whole grains, lean meat, legumes, beans, and fish to get the best dental benefits.
At Community Dental Group, we know how important good nutrition is to a good smile. See us regularly to evaluate the status of your teeth and gums. Your dentist or hygienist can tell if there are any problems that need to be taken care of and can give you advice on how to keep your teeth healthy so you can feel good, inside and out.