Most people are aware that certain foods are bad for teeth and gums, but according to Dr. Storm, there are some healthy foods that are actually good for your pearly whites.
According to the American Dental Association enjoying a good healthy diet is just as important for oral health as is brushing twice and flossing once each day. When you enjoy a healthy diet along with regular checkups, you are helping the fight against tooth decay and gum disease.
Dr. Storm explains that how often you eat and what you eat are extremely important as your mouth will begin to change the minute you start eating certain types of foods. Because bacteria convert carbs and sugars into acids that will attack the enamel on your teeth, it is imperative that you are careful about snacking during the day.
Dairy products are one of the best ways to protect your teeth against decay. Cheese, milk, cottage cheese and other dairy protects will help remineralize your teeth by redepositing minerals back into the enamel on your teeth after acid removal.
Proteins are loaded with phosphorus and when combined with Vitamin D and calcium helps keep your bones and teeth strong and healthy. Proteins to add to a teeth healthy diet include turkey, eggs, chicken, and beef. If you are a vegetarian or vegan, add mushrooms, chickpeas, leafy greens, quinoa, beans, and green peas.
Nuts are an excellent choice when it comes to healthy foods for your teeth. Peanuts contain calcium and vitamin D while cashews will help clean your teeth by stimulating your saliva. Walnuts contain folic acid, fiber, iron, magnesium, thiamine, vitamin B6 Vitamin E, zinc, and potassium, and almonds are loaded with calcium that will help keep both your teeth and gums healthy.
Add plenty of fresh fruits and vegetables to your diet including celery, which your dentist refers to as nature’s dental floss. Firm and crunchy fruits that will help clean your teeth and freshen your breath include pears and apples because they contain lots of water that helps to wash away leftover food particles. If you enjoy citrus fruits, just make sure that you eat them with a meal to help minimize the acid.
Water is essential for a healthy diet. Try to drink at least eight glasses of water each day and remember to rinse your mouth after you eat or drink fruit juice, soda, sports, or energy drinks.
If you would like more information regarding healthy foods for your teeth and gums, schedule an appointment with Dr. Storm today.