We all know that what we eat matters to our overall health, but did you know the food you eat affects your teeth as well? And it’s not just a list of “cannots”–the foods you eat can have a positive impact on your dental health! Here are 5 foods to integrate into your balanced diet for a healthy smile:
Dairy: If you can, choose low-sugar dairy products such as yogurt, milk, and cheese. They provide calcium and protein to the mouth, strengthening teeth. They are also low in sugar, which helps prevent tooth decay.
Fruits and Veggies: Fruits and veggies have high water content, providing water to the mouth– cleaning it as they go. They also provide fiber to the body, balancing out the sugars present in many fruits. Dark leafy greens are especially good for teeth, as they contain vitamin A, vitamin C, beta carotene, calcium, and magnesium. Fruits and vegetables are part of a balanced diet.
Lean Protein: Alongside calcium, phosphorus plays a key role in dental health by building and protecting tooth enamel, helping to prevent tooth decay. Protein-rich food such as milk, fish, poultry, meat, and eggs are excellent sources of phosphorus.
Nuts: Most nuts are low in carbohydrates, which is great for teeth. Nuts also provide protein and minerals important for overall health. Chewing nuts also stimulates saliva, which spreads fortifying nutrients and disease-fighting substances throughout the mouth.
Water: Water, especially fluoridated water, is the best beverage for a mouth-healthy smile. Fluoride is a substance that makes teeth more resistant to the acids produced by bacteria that can cause cavities. About 75% of the US population has access to fluoridated water. Just think–water from your kitchen sink is excellent protection against cavities!
For more information on a smile-healthy diet, talk to us at Mark S. Jensen DDS & Associates. Call 913-553-3046 today!