While a good dental routine is important to keep teeth healthy and cavity free, food is also a huge factor! Certain foods can affect teeth differently and it is important to know which ones to use sparingly. You can combine any tooth-friendly food to make a delicious meal or snack! What is better than food that tastes yummy AND that is good for your health? Not many things! (Except maybe puppies).
Crunchy foods, like apples or celery, can help to naturally remove plaque from teeth. Have you ever bitten into an apple and your teeth feel a bit smoother? This is because these foods contain water which helps to break down natural sugars and stimulate saliva. Saliva plays an important role in oral health because it works to break down food particles and acid (WedMD.com). Top apple slices with cheddar cheese for a yummy and healthy snack.
Drinking water regularly throughout the day also helps to keep breath fresh! Consume acidic foods and drinks sparingly as they tend to wear away the surface of the tooth. This isn’t TERRIBLE news for coffee drinkers however. Instead of brushing your teeth immediately after your morning brew, drink a glass of water to help prevent surface stains! This can also apply for those who enjoy a glass of wine at night. It is no news that foods high in sugar should be eaten in moderation. Hey, we all like to treat ourselves every once in a while, right?
Foods that are high in calcium are great for keeping teeth and gums healthy. This is because calcium helps to put nutrients back in your teeth (WebMD.com). Cheese (woo hoo!), chicken, milk and nuts are all great to incorporate into your daily diet! Start your morning off with a calcium packed breakfast like this Healthy Yogurt Breakfast Parfait with Blueberries and Granola. Also, instead of snacking on chips at work pack a bag of mixed nuts to munch on.
If you keep up with a good dental hygiene routine and have a healthy balanced diet, your teeth are in good shape! You can always ask a Dr. Dental professional if you have any questions or concerns!
Sources: WebMD.Com; Huffington Post; Cookin’ Canuck.