How your diet is related to your oral health

While your toothbrush and your floss are a big part of maintaining a healthy smile, so is what you eat! Your diet can have a positive or negative impact on the health of your smile, which is why it is so important that you take into consideration what you are eating each and every day. Eating healthy foods is just one part of good oral health habits that patients need to be fully committed to.

Below are a few tips and recommendations regarding tailoring your diet to a healthy smile!

 

  • Foods and beverages with high acidity should be consumed in moderation. Foods high in acidity, such as citrus fruits, can wear away at natural tooth enamel and contribute to the development of cavities.
  • Foods and beverages with sugar can contribute to bacterial growth, resulting in problems such as periodontal disease and tooth decay.
  • Eating daily foods high in Vitamin D can help strengthen the natural tooth enamel to serve as protection against cavities.
  • Choose vegetables that are rich in vitamins and minerals that contribute to a healthy smile, including celery which can help in brushing away food particles and bacteria.
  • Consider foods that have natural sodium fluoride, such as fish and shellfish.
  • Swap sugary beverages with natural water. Water is vital for keeping the body healthy and can also flush away food particles and stimulate saliva flow in the mouth. It also has no calories and, when taken from the tap water, may also have added fluoride.

Why does my diet matter?

In addition to being beneficial to one’s oral health, one’s diet can also impact overall heath and wellness. We have one life and one body, and it is vital that we keep it healthy. Eating a proper diet can help in maintaining a healthy weight and reducing one’s risk of developing conditions such as diabetes.

Learn more about how to sustain a healthy smile

Contact Dr. Paul Covell and his team in Pasadena, TX to discuss the benefits of eating a healthy diet and its effect on the health of the smile. His facility is located at 4010 Vista Road and can be reached at (713) 943-9832.    

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