by Dr. Anson Hooper, DDS, Hooper Family Dental
We have all heard the saying “you are what you eat.” This is particularly true with your teeth and gums. The difference between a healthy white smile and unexpected visits to the dentist can have a lot to do with your diet.
Even with good oral hygiene (brushing twice a day, flossing once a day), it can still be hard to avoid decay and gum disease. The remedy is a variety of foods from all the food groups, rich in nutrients; this promotes healthy teeth and gums.
A balanced diet with adequate nutrients is essential for a healthy mouth and, in turn, a healthy mouth supports nutritional well-being.
Although a sugary snack now and then, especially around the holidays, is hard to avoid, the consumption of acidic and sugary foods without proper dental care can lead to those pesky trips to the dentist.
Bad teeth can in turn lead to you struggling to eat certain foods, leading to a nutrient deficiency in your body. Without the proper intervention of dental care, and a change in nutritional intake, the cycle will continue.
To avoid this, it’s critical that you eat foods that are good for your teeth and maintain a proper diet and oral care regimen. The following are a few to focus on:
- Leafy greens
- Whole grains
- Meats and fatty fish
- Cranberries and raisins
Water is the clear winner as the best drink for your teeth. Drinking water with fluoride is one of the easiest and most beneficial ways to help prevent cavities. Other clinical studies suggest the tremendous benefits of specific food and beverages particularly dietary plant polyphenols including teas, raisins, cranberries and dried plums.
These and other foods offer plant-derived, anti-plaque and anti-biofilm compounds that fight against oral pathogens.
Natural foods and beverages can help promote healthy lifestyles and beautiful smiles for years to come.