It’s Teeth-safe Food Month! Food plays a critical role in our lives and is directly linked to our health, including our oral health! Accumulating knowledge about which foods are helpful and which are dangerous for your teeth is an important part of keeping your smile in good shape.
Cavities are commonly connected to what we eat and are one of the most common dental issues. Refined sugar is one of the most usual causes of cavities. It is broken down by bacteria and turned into acid, which in turn dissolves the tooth enamel. Because of this, the frequency of sugar consumption is actually more dangerous for your oral health than the amount of sugar you eat. So what are some of the best ways to enjoy your favorite sugary treats while keeping your teeth safe?
- Eat sweets at a time you know you will brush soon afterward. Most people will brush their teeth pretty soon after eating a meal. Therefore, this is one of the best times to consume a sweet treat. If you’re snacking on sweets at a random time during the day, you are less likely to brush until later, and the sugar will have more time to sit on your teeth and will be more likely to damage them.
- Avoid having sugar in your mouth for an extended time. Some examples of this are soda and candies you suck on, such as lollipops. If you want to enjoy a sugary snack, a quick dessert like a piece of cake or pie is much better. When you are eating something quickly, the saliva in your mouth will be hard at work washing the debris away.
- If you want to snack, find substitutes! Many delicious snacks are much better for your teeth than candy and sweets but can still satisfy your cravings for something tasty! Try snacking on berries or yogurt – they are both sweet and good for your teeth!
Having a balanced diet is extremely important for your oral health. The correct foods will keep your teeth healthy and also keep your gums and bones strong. Finding foods you like that are rich in vitamins is essential, and is not that difficult to do! Foods containing calcium, vitamin B12, folic acid, and vitamin C are some of the best options for the health of your teeth and gums. Here are some of our top picks…
- Dark green leafy vegetables. When people think of calcium, they usually think of milk. However, certain leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and collard greens are chock full of calcium and will keep your teeth strong.
- Beans, seeds, and nuts. These three foods have endless uses and can enhance many meals. They also contain folic acid, which will strengthen the supporting soft tissue in your mouth.
- Dairy. Dairy products such as cheese, milk, and yogurt will kill two birds with one stone. They contain both calcium and vitamin B12, which are beneficial to the health of your gums and teeth!
- Meat. Meats such as chicken and fish are versatile and delicious. You can’t go wrong with either because there are so many ways to cook and season them! In addition to this, they contain vitamin B12, which is great for keeping your gums healthy.
- Citrus. Whether you prefer fresh-squeezed orange juice or peeling and eating a clementine, citrus is delicious, rich in vitamin C, and perfect for keeping your soft mouth tissue healthy.
Food allergies are quite common, especially when it comes to nuts and dairy. The foods listed above are luckily just a few of the options when it comes to food that is healthy for your teeth. You will never get bored with the countless options out there! Making sure you eat a wide range of foods with the above vitamins and minerals will benefit your oral and general health. We can give you plenty of tips on our blog, but it’s always better to come to see us in person! Give us a call today at (903) 938-8315 to schedule an appointment!