Healthy foods make healthy smiles. Knowing what to eat will not only influence your waistline but can also play a big role on the health of your gum line as well. Due to the fact that tooth decay and gum disease could be the result of what you eat, take the time to look at your own diet and make the changes to save your smile and remodel it into one that is healthy and happy. Listed below are a few wonderful dietary options to improve your nutrition and your oral health:
– Some ingredients in foods can remineralize our smiles for healthier and stronger tooth enamel, including minerals such as calcium and phosphorous which are often found in foods such as chicken, cheese, nuts, and milk.
– Avoid simple sugars and carbohydrates, as plaque buildup and bacteria in our mouths can convert these elements into harmful acids that can eat through tooth enamel.
– Avoid eating foods in between meals, including during times of snacking or as standalone treats.
– Saliva can neutralize acids in your mouth, so try introducing saliva-producing foods to your diet, including chewing sugarless gum, which has been proven to stimulate saliva production and aid in the prevention of cavities after meals.
– Look for foods with high water content that are crunchy, such as pears and apples, as they are excellent options for washing away food residue and harmful acids and increasing saliva production.
Keeping your teeth clean ensures cavities will not be able to harm you. To schedule your professional cleaning at Professional Dental Care with Dr. Lynn Leyde and our team at our dentist office in Shoreline, Washington, simply give us a call at 206-546-8377. We look forward to hearing from you.