Have you ever heard the expression “you are what you eat?” Although it isn’t true in the literal sense, in many ways, the adage does have some proverbial truth to it, especially concerning foods that are good for you. If you eat healthy, you’ll be healthy; and one part of you that is heavily influenced by your diet is your mouth! Certain foods can actually play a huge role in your overall oral health and prevent serious issues from developing. Keep reading to learn more from your dentist about some of the mouth-healthy foods out there that can safeguard your smile.
Crunchy Fruits & Veggies
There’s nothing quite like the satisfying crunch of biting into something, and there are plenty of hearty fruits and vegetables out there that aren’t just crunchy, but also nutrient-dense and vitamin-rich! Things like crisp apples, fresh celery, and raw carrots are just a few examples. In addition to being a great source of things like fiber, vitamin C, and vitamin A, these items also encourage your mouth to produce saliva—which assists with the removal of food debris and the prevention of tooth decay.
Lots of Leafy Greens
Vegetables should be an absolute staple in your diet, as they come with several health benefits. They provide your mouth with essential vitamins and minerals, assist with the production of saliva, and aren’t heavy or dense with calories. Things like kale, spinach, chard, and collard greens are all great options. They’re also high in calcium, folic acid, and B vitamins—not to mention, they’re easy to eat! Just add them to a salad or smoothie.
Don’t Skip the Dairy
Dairy products like yogurt, cheese, milk, and others are all excellent for your oral health. These items are rich in calcium, which promotes strong enamel and can even protect your teeth from harmful bacteria and acids. Dairy items also contribute to your mouth’s saliva production and sometimes contain probiotics that are beneficial for your digestive system. Just remember to choose unsweetened or sugar-free yogurt when possible—but you can add a touch of sweetener or honey yourself! There are also several dairy-free alternatives for patients with dairy allergies or sensitivities that offer many of the same benefits as traditional dairy options, like almond or soy milk.
Mean, Lean Protein
Lean proteins like fish, poultry, and tofu all contain phosphorus and protein, both of which contribute to healthier teeth. Nuts like almonds and cashews are also an excellent source of calcium and protein. However, be certain to brush your teeth after eating any of these items, as they can easily leave bits of food debris trapped between your teeth.
Your oral health matters, and everything that you eat can directly influence your teeth and gums. But by adding these foods into your regular diet, you’re helping your smile to look and feel its absolute best for the foreseeable future—while enjoying some pretty great foods!
About the Practice
The team at Giamberardino Dental Care is honored to serve the dental needs of the Medford area under the leadership of Dr. Anthony Giamberardino. Dr. Giamberardino received his dental doctorate from the Tufts University School of Dental Medicine and has taken countless hours of continuing education in a wide range of fields. His practice is pleased to offer several available services including preventive, restorative, and cosmetic dentistry options. If you’d like to schedule an appointment, you can contact the practice online or over the phone: (781) 396-3800.