4 natural foods for better oral health
Do you have a bit of a sweet tooth? Is that afternoon candy bar your must-have guilty pleasure, or do you prefer to grab a bag of dried fruit instead? You probably already know that what you consume affects your physical health and how the mad rush of convenient eating makes for some unhealthy food choices.
It is equally true that what you eat impacts your oral health. Let’s look at four natural foods that are both good to eat and help to improve your overall oral health.
How does food affect your oral health?
Everything you eat interacts with the saliva and bacteria in your mouth. Sugary, acidic foods are quickly converted into enamel-destroying acids. The more often you eat and leave this acidic film behind, the more vulnerable your teeth are to decay.
Natural foods that may help improve your oral health
- Crunchy, fresh fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, spinach, cucumbers, pears and apples, are satisfying options when you need an afternoon snack. All of these foods contain a high amount of water. When you chew them, they act like a natural toothbrush by mixing with your saliva and helping to wash away unwanted acids and food particles.
- Nuts are a great option when you need a quick snack to keep you going, and they also provide vitamins and minerals that help to promote healthy teeth and gums. Some best bets are peanuts, almonds, walnuts and cashews.
- Wholesome cheeses and other dairy products without sugar contain calcium that helps to repair your tooth enamel and bones. Cheese is also good for stimulating saliva, your mouth’s first defense against tooth decay.
- Chicken, fish and other meats provide proteins, as well as phosphorous, an important mineral that helps to keep your teeth strong and healthy.
What else can you do?
- Continue with good oral hygiene
- Rinse your mouth after every meal to help wash away harmful acids and food particles
- Avoid foods that are bad for your teeth, including, candies, starchy foods and sugary beverages
- Maintain regular dental check-ups
Learn more about maintaining good oral health
If you would like to learn more about how to maintain your oral health, or if you have concerns about the state of your mouth, please come in for a complimentary introductory consultation