Why Good Nutrition Is Important for Your Mouth

You are what you eat. Non nutritious and sugary food are a high risk of causing tooth decay. Before you take anything, read the labels in the containers to control the amount nutrients and sugars you take.

Our specialists at Affordable Dental Clinics will advise you on what is good for your mouth and what isn’t. The following are some of foods that will not only ensure you have a healthy mouth but also increase your body’s immunity in fighting off the corona virus.

Apples

An apple a day keeps the doctor away. Apples maybe sweet but they are also high in water and fibers. As you bite and chew your apple saliva is produced in your mouth and rinses away the food particles and bacteria in your mouth. The fibers in the apple energize up the gums.

Leafy Greens

Just like any other vegetables, greens are low in calories and have high nutrients and minerals. Leafy greens include the kales and spinach.

Cheese

Cheese is also a saliva maker. The importance of more saliva in your mouth is that it contains calcium and phosphate that restores the minerals your teeth has lost. Cheese also raises your mouth PH reducing the risk of tooth decay. Other than with the help of saliva production, cheese also has calcium and protein nutrients which strengthen the enamel.

Tea

Most of us love a good cup of tea at any time of the day. Both the black and the green tea have polyphenol that destroy or stop the bacteria from interacting with your gums or teeth. Depending on the water you brew your tea with, tea can also contain fluoride which plays a huge role in oral health.

Probiotics

They are found in any fermented daily products. Probiotics help defend your mouth from gingivitis and plaque. Daily products like yoghurt should be part of your diet once in a while. Our Greeley dentists recommend the plain yoghurt if you have to include it in your meal.

Celery

Celery might not be your favorite but when it comes to maintaining a healthy mouth you shouldn’t leave them out of your diet. They are a source of vitamin A and C which play are huge role in making sure your dental is not compromised. The vitamins strengthen the immunity to prevent any gum disease. They also contain fibers which help remove any remaining food particles and bacteria on your mouth. To make it even better, top up your celery with some cream cheese.

Chewing Gum

Chewing gums can be useful in many ways. You can either have one to keep your brain active or freshen up your mouth. Gums can strengthen your jaws while also increasing the production of saliva in your mouth. Chewing gum made from pine bark can also help prevent plaque buildup and gum disease.

Almonds

Almonds are rich in proteins and calcium. Calcium improves the tooth structure by re-mineralizing the enamel.

What to Avoid

starch

Starch like chips and soft breads stick in between your teeth. They increase the buildup plaque on your mouth.

Sweets and Soft Drinks

Sweets such as caramel and lollipops are sticky and do not clear off the mouth quickly. Sugar with the help of bacteria in the mouth result to tooth decay. Soft drinks at times cannot be avoided especially on a hot sunny day. Most of these drinks have added sugars and acids like citric and phosphoric. They are dangerous for your teeth since they eat away the enamel.

How to Reduce the Risk of Mouth Diseases from the Food You Eat?

  • Drink a lot of water, especially fluoridated water. It can prevent tooth cavities.
  • If you have to take a snack in between your meals, choose nutritious ones and ensure to eat a sugarless chewing gum to increase saliva production in your mouth to wash away any acid and bacteria.
  • Brush and floss your teeth twice a day and visit your dentist for regular checkups to prevent plaque buildup.
  • Make sure you incorporate the sugary foods with other meals. More saliva is produced while you are eating. This will time down the effect if acid produced and rinse away the bacteria preventing tooth decay.

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