We all know that proper oral hygiene and preventive dental care are paramount to a healthy, beautiful smile. But, these aren't the only factors.
Diet plays a vital role in our overall health, and has an effect on every body part and system, including our teeth and mouth. What you eat can affect your oral health, which happens a lot in the modern world. A balanced diet can also contribute to faster healing and a stronger body, and your teeth will also benefit from it.
How Does Bad Diet Affect Teeth
Most people know that sugar is bad for your oral health. But sweets aren’t the only damaging foods we include in our diet in an unhealthy proportion. Starches, acidic foods, and hard foods can all affect our teeth and gums.
What our body needs to be healthy and function properly is a balanced diet. Extreme nutritional choices have to be closely thought through, as your body needs specific micro and macronutrients for its health.
Starchy, sticky food that tends to linger in your mouth longer is just as bad for your teeth as candy is. Starches present in refined carbohydrates (like white bread, pasta, and pastries) will also be processed as sugars and will launch an attack on your teeth. Keep these foods to a minimum and try healthier alternatives based on vegetables.
Acidic foods and drinks are also bad for your enamel, making it more susceptible to decay. Even a seemingly healthy habit like drinking a glass of lemon water in between meals can actually affect your teeth. Try to keep your consumption of acidic drinks in tandem with your meals, or to rinse your mouth after enjoying them.
What Should You Eat to Have Healthy Teeth
A balanced diet should include plenty of fruit and vegetables, as they replenish your vitamin levels. For healthy teeth, you need vitamins A, B, C, D. You also need minerals like calcium, magnesium, and zinc to keep your teeth strong.
Avoiding highly processed foods is also important, as they deprive you of nutrients and lack fiber. It’s healthy for your teeth to chew foods rich in fiber, as they stimulate your jaw bone and promote its health.
Foods that promote and maintain good oral health include: broccoli, kale, eggs, avocado, oily fish, oranges, nuts, dairy products (unsweetened). Make sure to cover all food groups with every meal, take vitamin supplements if you have deficiencies, and try to choose healthy snacks and meals over processed foods.
Book an Appointment Today
If you want to get a dental check to discuss more about nutrition and oral health with an empathetic, patient dentist, contact Restore Health Dentistry. Dr. Nancy William and her team will give you the best alternatives and options for your oral health. A happy smile contributes to your overall health and gives you confidence, so start working on it today!
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