Good nutrition plays an important role in your oral health. Simply put, a healthy diet means healthy teeth. Establishing and maintaining good nutritional habits benefit your oral and overall health. Making the right diet choices and practicing a daily oral care routine is key to avoiding tooth decay and gum disease.
Making the right diet choices
Too much of the wrong food can ruin your smile. Eating fruits or vegetables as snacks are far better for you than eating junk food such as potato chips, candy, and sodas. Frequent snacking of sugary foods without brushing afterward will only increase the bacteria in your mouth which leads to plaque. Plaque is what causes tooth decay which if not treated can lead to gum disease.
Good fruit and vegetable choices
Not all fruits and vegetables are ideal for snacking. The best fruit and snack choices are:
These are better snack choices because they contain a high volume of water and are low in sugar.
Fruits and vegetables to limit or avoid
You will also need to be aware of fruits and vegetables that are acidic such as:
- Citrus fruits – oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes
Although these are considered healthy snacks, they can cause damage to your teeth not only because of the acidic content, but they are also high in sugar. You should also limit your consumption of fruit juices as many of them may contain additives or preservatives that are not healthy for your mouth or your body.
Make sure to include calcium in your diet as it is essential for building strong teeth and bones. Calcium deficiency can lead to poor circulation. Such as:
- Abnormal heart rhythms
- Numbness in fingers and toes
- Muscle cramps
- Loss of appetite
Foods that are good sources of calcium include:
- Leafy greens
Choosing a healthy diet and maintaining a good oral care routine has long-term benefits for both your oral health and overall physical health. If you have young children, teach them early about the benefits of eating healthy.
Chesapeake, VA dentist Dr. John Cranham and his staff are ready to help you develop strategies that will promote a healthy lifestyle for you and your family. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.