What to Eat for a Healthier Smile

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The right (or wrong) food choices affect our bodies in all sorts of ways. What you choose to eat is reflected in your weight, the health of your cardiovascular and other bodily systems, how much energy you have, and how you feel about yourself.
So it shouldn’t be terribly surprising that your food choices have an impact on the well-being of your smile. Indeed, preventive dentistry is about more than just brushing, flossing, and visiting the dentist. It also encompasses lifestyle factors, like what and how you eat.
Incorporate the following foods into your diet, and you increase the likelihood that your teeth and gums will remain healthy for life.
To schedule a checkup at Family Dental of Spokane Valley and learn more about nutrition and oral health, call our Spokane Valley, WA office at 509-850-3217.

Dairy Products

You’ve probably heard of calcium. It’s a mineral that’s responsible for giving teeth much of their structure and strength. It’s also continuously shed in a process called demineralization, so it’s important that it’s replenished through diet.
Milk and other dairy products are excellent sources of this essential mineral. Plus they contain phosphorus and magnesium and may be fortified with vitamin D, all of which help your body absorb calcium more effectively.
Proteins called caseins found in dairy products form a coating over your teeth that protect the enamel from the destructive effects of bacterial acids.
Cheese may be especially beneficial. A study has shown it to raise the pH level of the mouth, which hinders growth of bacteria.

Leafy Green Vegetables

Spinach, kale, watercress — bring on those leafy greens. They are packed with nutrients that help keep your entire body in great condition. And they promote dental health specifically. If you don’t or can’t consume dairy products, you can count on your leafy greens to provide you with essential calcium. They are also a good source of folic acid. This mineral promotes gum health by protection the tissue from the effects of bacteria, reducing inflammation, and minimize bleeding in gums. In pregnant women, it can help protect against pregnancy gingivitis, or hormone-induced gum disease.

Fibrous Fruits & Vegetables

Craving a snack? Reach for an apple, some carrot sticks, or another crunchy fruit or vegetable. They are packed with nutrients, the fibrous texture is good for your gums, and the act of chewing them stimulates the production of saliva in your mouth. This helps rinse away food particles and harmful bacteria, plus it will dilute and neutralize acids. Even apples, which contain some sugar, are a good thing for your dental health.
Follow these good food habits, and your teeth and gums will be healthier for it. Also remember that what you drink matters, too. Avoid sugary and acidic soft drinks, sports drinks, and juice. Reach for water to quench your thirst.
To schedule an appointment and find out more about nutrition and oral health, get in touch with Family Dental of Spokane Valley. You may reach us online or call our office in Spokane Valley, WA at 509-850-3217.

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