We all know good nutrition is important for keeping our bodies healthy, but did you know that includes our teeth? It’s true! Many of the foods we eat actually promote the health and wellbeing of our teeth. Like the rest of our bodies, our teeth need nutrients so adding these tooth-friendly foods into your diet will help keep your smile healthy and bright and, as an added bonus, they’re delicious, too!
Cheese is rich in calcium like most dairy products (milk, yogurt, etc). Calcium is crucial for healthy bones. Our bodies use the calcium in dairy products to help rebuild enamel and strengthen our bones. Since calcium is a mineral that our bodies cannot produce themselves — it’s a mineral that we can only get by consuming it — and we lose it quickly, be sure to snack on some cheese to ensure you’re getting enough calcium in your diet.
Our tooth enamel is at risk when we eat too many carbohydrates, starches, and sugary foods due to erosion by the acids they produce in our mouths. Instead, pick up an apple to satisfy your sweet tooth. Apples are rich in vitamin C, which helps reduce inflammation of gum tissues. People suffering from periodontitis (gum disease) could benefit from getting some extra vitamin C in their diets. Other foods that are rich in Vitamin C include oranges, brocoli and green peppers.
Even if you get plenty of calcium in your diet every day, your body is incapable of absorbing it without Vitamin D. Eating foods rich in vitamin D, such as tuna and salmon, helps your body absorb calcium to build your teeth and bones up strong. Another readily available and free source of vitamin D is sunshine. The sun works wonders for your skin, hair, nails, teeth, and more!
Whole grains such as in all-natural oatmeal can improve your heart health. Eating oatmeal for breakfast, as part of a healthy diet, can help your gums stay healthy too. However, most pre-packaged flavored packets are loaded with sugar so be sure to read the packaging when you shop. Too much sugar will feed the bacteria that live in your mouth that destroy enamel with their digestive acids. To keep the amount of sugar low, try making your own plain oats and add in some berries or cinnamon for sweetness.
These tasty, healthy foods are good for your teeth and your entire body. Make sure you’re having your teeth examined regularly as part of your dental health routine by keeping in touch with Lassiter Family Dentistry! Schedule an appointment online or call (912) 576-4011 today!