The foods you eat not only benefit your physical health but your oral health as well. Our teeth require vitamins and nutrients to keep them strong and healthy. Eating nutritious foods brightens your smile and keeps it strong while also benefiting the health of the rest of your body. Dr. Jacob Grapevine is passionate about helping his patients maintain healthy smiles in his Plano, Texas dental office. Learn more about some of the best foods for your teeth below.
The Best Foods For Your Teeth
Eating too many carbohydrates, starches, or sugary foods can erode your tooth enamel. When bacteria feed on sugars in the mouth, they produce acids that eat away at the tooth enamel. An alternative to sugary foods are apples, a healthy snack rich in vitamin C. Vitamin C also helps reduce inflammation, which benefits patients suffering from inflamed gums, and other painful symptoms of gum disease.
Some oatmeal contains whole grains that improve your heart health. Having oatmeal in the morning can also promote healthy gums and reduce your risk of gum disease. Most pre-packaged flavored oatmeals are loaded with sugar which feeds bacteria in the mouth and can cause cavities. Limit the sugar in your oatmeal by using plain oats and adding in berries and other natural sweeteners.
Cheese is rich in calcium, which promotes healthy and strong bones, teeth included. Our bodies use calcium to help rebuild our tooth enamel. Eating cheese is a great way to make sure you’re getting enough calcium in your diet to benefit your bones.
Even if you get enough calcium in your diet every day, your body is not able to absorb it without Vitamin D. Tuna and salmon are rich in vitamin D, which assists calcium in strengthening teeth and bones. Vitamin D also benefits your skin, hair, and nails.
Remember Routine Care
Call Dr. Grapevine’s Plano, Texas office at (972) 268-6480 to supplement your health with routine dental care. You may also request a consultation with Dr. Grapevine on our website. If you have any questions about your oral health or specific dental concerns, ask Dr. Grapevine at your next consultation. He will be happy to help.