For the health of our teeth, gums, and general well-being, the food choices we make are important. A poor diet affects your overall health and contributes to a decline in your oral health. Making good food choices and practicing good oral hygiene make a great foundation for a healthy mouth. The team at Sehnert Precision Dentistry wants to share great food options for healthier teeth and gums.
Vitamin C helps to strengthen blood vessels and reduce inflammation to keep your gums healthy. Also, it’s necessary for collagen production (a protein that helps fight gum disease). Kale, bell peppers, broccoli, kiwi, strawberries, and oranges are excellent sources of vitamin C.
Vitamin D production happens when your body is exposed to sunlight. It helps your body absorb the calcium it takes in. Most people aren’t able to get the proper amount of vitamin D from sun exposure alone. Wild-caught salmon, tuna, mackerel, beef liver, cheese, and egg yolks are alternative sources of vitamin D.
Antioxidants can help strengthen your immune system and increase the body’s ability to fight bacteria that may cause inflammation. They help to protect the gums and other tissues from infection and cell damage. Berries, beans, apples, nuts, raisins, and artichokes contain antioxidants.
Polyphenols help to slow the bacteria growth that leads to plaque formation. Slowing bacteria growth decrease the risk of gum disease, cavities, and bad breath. Excellent sources rich in polyphenols are cocoa powder, celery seed, green tea, black tea, flaxseed, berries, and dark chocolate.
Probiotics (good bacteria) help to kill the harmful bacteria responsible for causing gum disease and tooth decay. It restores the proper balance of good bacteria, which promotes healthy teeth and gums by decreasing plaque and inflammation. Fermented foods such as sauerkraut, kimchi, miso, kombucha, and yogurt contain probiotics.
Calcium and phosphorus work together to help build strong teeth and healthy jaw bones. Milk, cheese, yogurt, tofu, almonds, and seafood are calcium-rich choices. Foods rich in phosphorus are red meat, fish, Brazil nuts, pumpkin seeds, and eggs.
Crunchy fruits and raw vegetables benefit your teeth in a couple ways. First, the texture of raw vegetables and crunchy fruits help to clean teeth surfaces by removing plaque and food debris. Second, when you chew the fruits and vegetables, saliva production increases, which neutralizes bacteria. Carrots, cucumbers, celery, pears, and apples are good choices.
We’re sure you’re enjoying many of these foods already. Maybe you’ll eat more of them or perhaps you saw new foods to try. Eat healthful meals and practice good oral hygiene for healthier teeth and gums. Do you have any dental concerns? Contact our office to schedule an appointment. We serve patients in Lewisville, Texas, and the surrounding areas.