Dental Tips Blog

Mar
28

Healthy Foods = Healthy Smiles

Posted in Fillings

Did you know that your diet plays a big part in your dental health? Everything you put in your mouth affects your teeth in some way. Your diet definitely can help or hurt your oral health in many ways! Also, the more you eat the more you are exposing your teeth to the cycle of decay. Good oral hygiene needs to be practiced!

Below are some of the ideal choices for good oral health:

  • Cheese – helps to fight off tooth decay
  • Nuts – great source of protein
  • Milk – helps coat teeth to fight tooth decay
  • All meats – Chicken, Beef, Fish or Pork
  • Apples and Pears – helps to clean off teeth
  • Celery – contains a great amount of water

And below are some of the bad choices for oral health:

  • Candy – coats teeth with sugar which turns to plaque
  • Cookies – sugar can get into cracks of teeth
  • French fries – fried foods aren’t good for you!
  • Dried fruits – raisins, blueberries, etc. can easily get stuck in between your teeth
  • Potato chips – high salt intake

Also, what you drink also affects your oral health. The best drinks you can have are water, milk, and unsweetened tea. Try to limit your sugar intake when it comes to drinks. Watch how much soda or sports drinks you might have. If you do have a sugary drink, don’t just sip on it. That way of drinking just continually adds sugar in your mouth.

Last but not least, follow the three best practices for a healthy mouth.

  • Brush at least twice per day
  • Floss at least once per day
  • Keep routine dental appointments

Health foods and good oral health habits will help prevent tooth decay and gum disease which means fewer cavities and fewer trips to the dentist for fillings, crowns, root canals, and other dental restorations.

Posted on behalf of Dr. Paul Eberhard, Mockingbird Dental Associates

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