Happy Teeth-safe Food Month everyone! Food plays a central role in our lives and affects our health in countless ways, including our oral health! Gaining knowledge about which foods are helpful and which are dangerous for your teeth is beneficial to keeping your smile in top shape.
Cavities are often linked to what we eat and are one of the most common dental problems. Refined sugar is one of the most common 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 consume. So what are some of the best ways to enjoy your favorite sugary treats while simultaneously keeping your teeth safe?
- 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!
- 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.
Having a balanced diet is integral to your oral health. The right foods will keep your teeth healthy and also keep your gums and bones strong. Discovering foods you enjoy that are also rich in vitamins is essential, and is not difficult to do! Foods containing vitamin B12, folic acid, vitamin C, and calcium are some of the best options for your teeth and gums. Here are some of our favorite options…
- 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!
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Food allergies are very common, especially when it comes to nuts and dairy. Luckily, the foods listed above are just a few options when it comes to food that will benefit your teeth. You will never get bored with your options! Making sure you eat a wide range of foods with the above vitamins and minerals will both increase 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) 759-0765 to schedule an appointment! Click here to read about why you should schedule your 6-month checkup.