November 7, 2017
When people think of good oral health, they may think of practices like brushing and flossing their teeth. But do you even think of your diet? Believe it or not, the foods you eat can either promote great dental health or deteriorate your smile. Your dentist wants to help you avoid dental problems like decay and gum disease, so we’ve compiled the best foods and drinks to add to your grocery list for better oral health.
Best Foods and Drinks for Your Teeth
One of the worst things for your teeth is acid. Thankfully, dairy products are low in acid, so they don’t damage the enamel of your teeth. When comparing dairy products, cheese offers the lowest amounts of acid levels compared to sugar-free yogurts or a glass of milk—and still has awesome levels of calcium! A big bonus for your oral health is that chewing cheese also promotes natural saliva production.
Crunchy Fruits and Veggies
Foods that are very crunchy are excellent at scraping away stuck on food and plaque without even brushing your teeth (not that you shouldn’t always brush your teeth). The hard bits of foods like celery, carrots, and apples get in between teeth. Although this isn’t the best feeling, these foods naturally scrub away stuck dental bacteria.
Crunchy fruits and vegetables also happen to be high in fiber. Typically, high-fiber foods take longer to chew and generate more saliva. Saliva is great for flushing the mouth of acids and other dental debris that would otherwise stick to your teeth. Simply add these foods to your daily diet as snacks to help get rid of food particles between meals.
Polyphenol, a micronutrient, is amazing for every aspect of your body. Polyphenol creates natural energy for our bodies by fueling our thyroid gland. Polyphenol also helps our mouth say clean naturally which helps reduce your chance of developing tooth decay and cavities.
In fact, studies have shown that people that swish their mouth with tea containing polyphenol had less plaque build-up than those who swished their mouths with just water. This may not be the best practice if you want super white teeth, but there’s always professional teeth whitening available from your local dentist to lift surface stains.
Water is the best beverage for maintaining an overall healthy lifestyle, especially when it comes to your teeth. Our bodies are made up of over 60% of water and staying hydrated helps our systems distribute nutrients and flush out toxins. Drinking water keeps your mouth clean by washing down lingering food and washing unwanted sugars stuck to your teeth. Instead of drinking a sugary, acidic soda with your meal, drink a tall glass of water!
The next time you decide to get groceries, keep your smile in mind!
About Our Office
Here at OnPoint Dentistry, we believe in providing the best dental care possible. That means that we do our best to provide comprehensive services to every patient that visits our office as well as informative patient education when appointments come to an end. We openly answer patient questions and can even give the best advice on what to look for at the store—whether it be foods that are great for your teeth or dental tools. Feel free to give us a call to schedule your next appointment or simply for a few dental tips.
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