Healthy Diet, Healthy Teeth

Published on July 31, 2017 by

What we eat has a direct impact on our oral health. To make it easier to feed a healthy smile, here are some clear-cut do’s and don’ts.

Do:

Eat fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables contain fiber, which helps balance out the natural sugars present in the food. Crunchy, water-filled fruits and veggies such as apples, pears, and celery help teeth by scraping plaque and food particles away from teeth. They also stimulate saliva production, which is the body’s first defense against cavities.

Choose calcium and phosphorous. Calcium and phosphorous are vital nutrients for a healthy smile. Phosphorus can be found in protein-rich foods such as milk and other lean proteins such as chicken. Calcium can be found in milk, cheese, yogurt, and other dairy products. Try to choose low-sugar or sugar-free dairy products to reduce plaque buildup and tooth decay. Can’t have dairy? No problem. Choose naturally calcium rich nondairy foods, such as beans or dark leafy greens. Or, choose calcium-fortified foods such as tofu, orange juice, or breakfast cereals.

Don’t:

Consume sugars and acids. Cavities occur when damaging bacteria use sugars to create acid that erodes the tooth enamel. This does not mean you should never eat sugar or drink juice again, but you do need to be careful. Drink lots of water and clean your teeth well after eating.

Brush Immediately After Eating:  Brushing immediately after eating can cause damage to your enamel. Wait about 20 minutes before brushing or flossing, especially after eating acidic foods. Try chewing sugar-free gum during that time to help fight cavities while you wait.

For more mouth-healthy tips, contact our team at David Gonzalez at 619-422-5365. We look forward to helping your smile shine!

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