Nutrition affects one’s oral and overall health.
When it comes to dietary choices, there are a number of foods that can benefit our health, as well as many that can do us more harm than good. In order to maintain optimal oral health, it is best to limit your consumption of foods and drinks that are particularly high in sugar and acid as these can damage the enamel over time and increase the risk of tooth decay. Nutrient-rich foods can boost both oral and general health and help to build and protect strong teeth. Read on to find out which foods are best avoided, and which ones may improve the condition of your teeth and gums…
Incorporate dairy products
Dairy products, such as yoghurt, cheese, milk and butter, are rich in calcium, which helps to strengthen the teeth and bones. If you can, try and choose grass-fed dairy products as these are particularly high in vitamin K2, a nutrient that supports dental health. Other foods that are high in this vitamin include beef, eggs and chicken livers.
Try some fatty fish
Oily fish have a number of health benefits. It’s high in vitamin D, which boosts overall health and may even reduce the risk of tooth decay. The vitamin works with other nutrients to deliver calcium to the teeth, which helps to strengthen the enamel. Fatty fish, such as salmon, are also high in omega-3s, which are good for the gums as they can reduce inflammation. Other sources of omega-3s include mackerel, herring, oysters, sardines, flax seeds, chia seeds and walnuts.
Don’t forget your greens
Leafy greens are famously good for overall health, but they can also promote dental health thanks to their ability to boost the production of nitrate-reducing bacteria in the mouth. Eating leafy greens can help to support a healthy oral microbiome, plus they are rich in minerals that are necessary for the remineralisation of enamel. Some good options include kale, spinach and Swiss chard, all of which can be eaten on their own or in salads, soups and smoothies.
Avoid starchy snacks
Starchy snacks like chips and crackers can cause serious damage to the teeth because carbohydrates break down quickly in the mouth and provide sugars for bacteria to feed on. As the bacteria feed on these sugars, they produce harmful acids that can cause plaque to build up on the teeth. This, in turn, can lead to issues like tooth decay. If you do enjoy the occasional starchy snack, be sure to rinse your mouth with water afterwards, and brush and floss your teeth around half an hour after eating in order to remove any leftover food particles.
Say no to soda
Many carbonated drinks are packed with sugar, but even sugar-free types tend to be very acidic. When there is a high acidity level in the mouth, issues like tooth decay and gum inflammation are at an increased risk of developing. Try and stick to water instead — drink plenty throughout the day to keep hydrated and to wash away food particles and debris after eating.
How can we help?
If you have a question or concern regarding your diet and its impact on your oral health, we encourage you to come in and see us. The team at Beenleigh Marketplace Dental is available to provide you with the information that you need to improve and maintain the condition of your smile.
At our practice, we offer a range of services, including general, restorative and cosmetic treatments. We also offer emergency dentistry, as well as sedation dentistry. If you would like to find out about the treatments that we offer, please have a look here.
If you would like to arrange a consultation to see us, please get in touch with us here or give us a call on (07) 3801 8799. We love helping our patients achieve optimal oral health and look forward to welcoming you to our practice.