What you put in your body can have either a negative or positive effect on your overall health and virtually your oral health. It’s no surprise that consuming certain foods and beverages may impact the way your teeth look and function. So taking the time to determine which foods can help improve your oral health may benefit you in the long run.
At Integrated Dental Arts in Greeley, CO, general dentists Dr. Melvin Benson, DDS and Dr.Jacob Dunham, DDS are committed to helping patients maintain a healthy, functional smile. We offer a wide range of restorative, general, and cosmetic dentistry services to address a variety of dental concerns. However, it is important that patients do their part at home to properly take care of their teeth to help keep their teeth healthy, functional, and beautiful
Foods and Your Oral Health
It has been proven that consuming foods and beverages packed with sugar can increase your chance of developing cavities and tooth decay. When the teeth are not properly cleaned, the sugars you consume can mix with the bacteria in your mouth, which forms into an acid that attacks your tooth enamel. Our goal is to protect the teeth and avoid the development of complex dental problems. Following an excellent oral hygiene routine can help minimize your chance of developing dental problems. Keeping a well-balanced diet can also improve your overall health and oral health.
Foods To Avoid:
Foods containing citrus. Constant exposure to acidic foods and beverages can erode the enamel. You only get one enamel, so it is important to keep it protected.
Coffee and Tea. Coffee and tea may stain your teeth if consumed often. They may also cause dry mouth, making it a breeding ground for bacteria.
Sugary foods and beverages. Surgery food and beverage can dry out the mouth and contribute to tooth decay. Try drinking water instead of soda or other sugary drinks. Water can help increase saliva production and minimize the amount of food and debris that sticks to the teeth throughout the day.
Sticky and tacky candies. Sticky foods may be harder to remove from the teeth. If you do consume sticky candies foods, make sure you properly clean your teeth afterward.
Food That May Benefit Your Oral Health
Try foods that are abundant in calcium and phosphorus. Both calcium and phosphorus are minerals that may help strengthen the enamel over time. Consuming foods rich in these two minerals can help improve your oral health.
Calcium-rich foods: green beans, carrots, broccoli, sweet potatoes, cheese, tofu, oranges, edamame, and butternut squash
Phosphorus-rich foods: cheese, fish, nuts, and beans
Vitamin D rich foods may help the body absorb calcium better. Foods like egg yolks, mushrooms, cheese, tuna, and salmon are rich in vitamin D.
Foods rich in vitamin C may help improve gum health. Foods like oranges, sweet potatoes, red peppers, broccoli, and kale are high in vitamin C.
Visit Our Greeley, CO Dental Office
Following a healthy, balanced diet can be a great addition to improve your oral health. It is also important that patients schedule biannual preventive care visits to Integrated Dental Arts. During preventive care visits, Drs. Benson and Dunham can examine the teeth and gums to check for any signs of dysfunction. During your visit, Drs. Benson and Dunham will gladly address any questions you may have about your oral health. Patients can schedule an appointment online or call 970.281.5972