Healthy Foods for a Healthy Smile
You hear about the importance of eating a nutritious and balanced diet all the time. It decreases your risk of developing diseases and helps your body stay healthy. Did you know that good nutrition is also important for your oral health? It's true! Here is what you should know about healthy foods and your oral health.
Eat More Fruits and Vegetables
Fruits and vegetables are excellent for your teeth because they neutralize the acids that cause tooth decay. They also increase your saliva flow which helps to remineralize your teeth when they're affected by acids. Saliva also washes away the food debris and bacteria that contribute to plaque buildup.
On the contrary, eating foods that are high in starch and carbohydrates such as chips, crackers, bread, and bagels can promote tooth decay. Starchy foods stick to your teeth, and carbohydrates turn into sugar, which fuels the bacteria that produce the acids that cause cavities.
Reduce Your Sugar Intake
Sugar is found in most of the processed foods we eat, even those which are touted as "healthy." Take a look at the nutrition labels the next time you grocery shop and you may be shocked to see the amount of sugar that many foods you eat each day contain. Here are some of the major culprits:
- Marinara sauce
- Granola bars
- Breakfast cereal
- Salad dressings
- Instant oatmeal
In order to reduce your sugar intake, you might try making some of these products at home from scratch such as salad dressing or marinara sauce.
You may not have realized how important nutrition is for your oral health and your general dentist in Chesterland is here to help! If you have any questions or concerns about your oral health, feel free to give your team at Chagrin Family Dental Care a call.