We often hear about how there are foods that are bad for our teeth, but rarely do we hear about the foods we should eat which promote a healthy mouth. We can focus on pointing the bad rather than the good which is a bit of a damper if you think about it because you are left wondering what can I eat that’ll be good for me. With so many foods, trying and tasting them isn’t the problem, it’s what they contain that can be either damaging or beneficial to us. Rather than looking at the bad foods we shouldn’t eat, we are going to see what we could eat to help us maintain healthy teeth.
Have you ever heard of the saying “we’re the food we eat”? We may not like to listen to it; however, there is truth in it. If we spend our mealtime eating sugary foods, we are likely to present some of their properties such as a decrease in energy and have our teeth vulnerable to getting tooth decay. When we choose our snacks and ingredients for our meals, we want to be able to select nutritious foods that will help enhance our overall health which includes our oral health. So, what do you want to choose?
What to Know Before
Maintaining a healthy mouth is a critical aspect of our health since we use our mouth to speak and digest our food. We need to have healthy teeth and gums to help break down our food before we can swallow. When our teeth and gums are unhealthy, the simple process of chewing can be affecting how much we eat and what we choose to eat. It can even change the way we speak if we have teeth missing or if we’re in pain or have discomfort. Part of preserving our oral health is providing it with the foods it needs to function.
Like the rest of our body, our teeth and gums require nutrients to function properly. We sometimes get these nutrients from the foods we eat or supplements our doctor prescribe us. However, it’s preferable to get the nutrients from the food we eat than the supplements. What nutrients do we want to intake? Our teeth, gums and overall oral health requires certain nutrients which help promote a healthy smile and mouth. You want to be selecting foods rich in
- Calcium and Phosphorus – they’re both needed to build the structure of your bones and teeth.
- Water – yes, you can drink water, however, eating foods high in water will help neutralize the bacteria found in your mouth and produce saliva while you eat.
- Vitamin D – is needed to help absorb the calcium you need for your bones and teeth.
- Vitamin C – is what helps our tissue develop and repair body tissue along with the function of the immune system and healing.
- Antioxidants – help reduce inflammation and lower risks of infection.
Now that you know what you want in your foods how can you tell which foods have these nutrients? I think we’ve all been at the grocery store where we’ve been in the same aisle for some time looking at all the food lost in what to choose. I go through this at least once and week. Sometimes we can tell from reading the labels, or when it’s vegetable and fruit, we can have a good idea of what to select. However, other times we don’t know or want to try something new. We want to give you an idea of foods you can choose the next time you want to try a fresh taste or when you go grocery shopping.
Foods That Provide Nutrients
The most apparent foods which are rich in nutrients are fruits and vegetables, although, some are better than others. We’ve listed below possible foods you probably buy or can try to help promote good oral health. Open yourself to some of the delicious tasty flavors of
- Cheese, yogurt, milk, or kefir
- Leafy greens veggies such as spinach, kale, and broccoli
- Fruit like apples, strawberries, oranges, pears, kiwis, and cranberries
- Nuts and sesame seeds
- Gum – although it is not food, chewing sugar-free gum can help stimulate the production of saliva which we need to help wash and neutralize bacteria found in our mouth.
Next time we go grocery shopping let us opt for one or two things on this list to ease our way into keeping a healthy smile by providing our mouth the nutrients it needs to function. We still have to brush and floss our teeth on a daily basis to keep our teeth and gums clean and healthy. If you haven’t seen your dentist for your annual check-up, do so now before your end of the year benefits reset. To make an appointment at any one of our two locations, you can fill out our appointment form here, and you’ll hear from us soon.