It’s a known fact that good nutrition is vital to having a healthy body. However, you may be surprised to learn that good nutrition is important to have healthy teeth as well. It’s true! Many healthy foods build up our teeth and make them healthier. As with the rest of our bodies, our teeth need nutrients to nourish them. Choosing the foods listed below will help keep your smile healthy and bright. And they’re not just good for you, they’re delicious, too!
Like most dairy foods, cheese is rich in calcium, which helps build and strengthen our bones and teeth. Because our bodies can’t produce their own calcium — we get this mineral only by consuming it and we use it quickly–including cheese in your diet as a snack is a good way to get more calcium in your diet.
An apple a day may keep the doctor away but Dr. Paul Davis, Dr. Dakota Davis and Dr. Laura Drennan of Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford TX want you to eat them too! Eating too many carbohydrates, starches, and sugary foods can compromise your tooth enamel by adding acids into our mouths. A juicy apple is a choice that can satisfy your “sweet tooth” while also being good for your body and your teeth. Apples are loaded with vitamin C which helps reduce inflammation. Those suffering from periodontitis (gum disease) can help reduce the swelling in their gums by eating apples, adding extra vitamin C into their diets. If apples aren’t your to your liking, there are other fruits and vegetables rich in vitamin C too, such as broccoli, oranges, and green peppers.
While your dairy intake may give you plenty of calcium, your body cannot absorb it without the help of Vitamin D. Vitamin-D rich foods, such as tuna and salmon, help your body absorb the calcium it needs to build up strong teeth and bones. There is, however, another excellent source of vitamin D that is free and available to all of us: sunshine! Enjoying time outdoors in the sun (with an appropriate level of sunscreen) does wonders for the growth and continued health of skin, hair, nails, teeth, and more!
Whole grain oatmeal not only helps you lower your risk of developing gum disease, it can also improve the overall health of your heart. However, you should be aware that most pre-packaged flavored oatmeal packets are full of added sugar. Too much sugar will cause the bacteria living in your mouth to flourish, destroying precious enamel. To keep your oatmeal as healthy as possible, it is recommended you cook your own plain oats and add in some berries for sweetness. You can also mix in cinnamon for this too.
Enjoying these tasty, healthy foods will benefit not only improve your dental health, but that of your overall body as well. Be sure to schedule regular dental examinations as part of your health routine. Check in with the Drs. Davis or Dr. Drennan at Davis Family Dental Care in Bedford by scheduling a complimentary consultation online or calling 817.382.8869 today!