We all know the foods to steer clear of for the sake of our teeth, right? Sticky foods can stick to your natural teeth and even cause damage to prosthetic teeth. Hard foods like popcorn kernels or chewing ice can cause some serious damage. Sugar and carbohydrates can become feasts for bacteria to turn into decay-causing acid. According to the American Dental Association, one of the first parts of your health to decline after bad nutrition is your oral health. If you know the bad foods for your teeth, are you aware of good nutrition that can actually help your teeth?
Drinking plenty of water throughout the day is essential for hydration. Water also keeps your mouth rinsed of potentially damaging leftovers; it also induces your body’s natural rinsing agent, saliva. Drinking water is also a great way to keep your body feeling full, so that you feel less inclined to overeat or snack on unhealthy foods. Water flavored by fruit, mint, or basil can be a great replacement for sugary sodas.
Eating cheese can raise the pH in your mouth, which can help to lower your risk of tooth decay. Cheese is also rich in calcium and protein, nutrients that strengthen tooth enamel.
Like cheese, yogurt is also rich in calcium and protein. Yogurt contains probiotics, good bacteria, that help to negate the bad bacteria in your mouth that can cause tooth decay and gum disease.
Leafy greens, like kale and spinach, promote a healthy mouth. Leafy greens are high in calcium, which builds your enamel. They also contain folic acid, which is sometimes used to treat gum disease of pregnant women.
When picking between a whole fruit or fruit juice, choose the whole fruit. A fibrous fruit, such as an apple, is full of fiber and water. Chewing the texture of the apple can actually stimulate the gums and simulate the act of brushing. It cannot replace your brushing routine, but it can be a healthy thing to do during the day.
Good nutrition can help protect your oral health. To schedule a consultation with Austin Prosthodontics in Austin, TX, call 512-250-9444. We also proudly welcome patients from Cedar Park, Round Rock, Pflugerville, Leander, and all surrounding Texas communities.