Nutrition and dental health

 

Introduction

Believe it or not, the quality of your nutrition is reflected in your mouth. Being the first part of the body that has contact with the nutrients you consume, your mouth is a mirror of what you eat. A poor nutrition will affect your teeth and gums, causing you decay, gum disease and sometimes bone loss.

Are you sure you know what to eat in order to keep your teeth and gums strong? Let’s read together this article in order to find out.

Recommended food

A balanced and nutritious diet is good for your overall health and dental health. It is obvious that your diet depends on your gender, age, physical activity or your health condition.

A healthy diet must include fruits and vegetables, grains (oatmeal, whole wheat bread, brown rice), dairy (plain yogurt, cheese and cottage cheese) and protein (lean beef, poultry, fish, eggs, beans). These foods are rich in calcium, phosphorus, fibers, vitamins, as you can see bellow:

  • Dairy products provide calcium and vitamin D for strengthening teeth and bones;
  • Bread and cereals supply B vitamins for growth, and iron for healthy blood, which contributes to healthy gum tissue;
  • Fruits and vegetables containing vitamin C (among other important vitamins) are essential to maintaining healthy gums;
  • Lean meat, fish poultry and beans provide iron and protein for general good health, and magnesium and zinc for teeth and bones.

Besides these type of foods, you should use probiotics. Probiotics may help to decrease gingivitis and plaque. Consuming fermented diary is associated with less periodontal diseases.

Also drink green tea. It improves the health of your teeth and gums, it makes your mouth more alkaline, it inhibits the growth of bacteria, which causes cavity, prevents tooth loss and also freshens up breath by killing odor-causing bacteria.

Include soy in your diet. It may help to reduce periodontal disease.

Increase the amount of arginine in your diet. Eat more spinach, lentils, nuts, eggs, whole grains, meat, seafood and soy. This important amino acid may alter oral pH and reduce chances of cavities. You can also use arginine supplements which are very important.

Food to be avoided

We discussed about what to eat in order to have good dental health. Let’s now focus on what we mustn’t eat.

  • You must avoid processed foods, especially those that are high in processed sugars;
  • You should limit eating and drinking between meals. And do not choose cakes, biscuits, snacks or chips. Instead choose smart snacks such as: vegetables, fruits, cheese or nuts;
  • Eat sweets with a meal because the increased saliva during a meal helps to wash away and dilute sugar. Try to reduce sweets and sugar-containing drinks (soda, lemonade, juice) because the amount of sugar they contain can adhere to the teeth and the bacteria in your mouth feeds off these sugars , releasing acids, which leads to tooth decay.

Dental health problems can be prevented by practicing good oral hygiene, such as flossing and brushing your teeth twice a day for two minutes and visiting your dentist at least twice a year.

Conclusion

As you can see, a balanced nutrition is the key to a good dental health. Your mouth, teeth and gums help you a lot in the digestion process because they are essential for chewing and swallowing. So they are not just some tools for eating. In order to avoid gum disease, teeth decay or teeth loss pay attention to what you eat, take care of your oral health at home and do not forget to visit your dentist regularly and do your professional cleanings. Call Dr. Arhiri at Premier Smiles today if you need additional information regarding this topic, 610.647-7611. You can also reach him by sending an e-mail at drarhiri@premiersmilespa.com. Premier Smiles team will be more than happy to help you!

For healthy living and for healthy teeth and gums, think before you eat and drink. It’s not only what you eat but when you eat that can affect your dental health (if you are on a special diet, keep your physician’s advice in mind when choosing foods):

References:

http://www.ada.org/en/advocacy/advocacy-issues/diet-and-nutrition

http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/nutrition/food-tips

http://www.dentalhealth.ie/dentalhealth/nutrition.html

http://www.eatright.org/resource/food/vitamins-and-supplements/nutrient-rich-foods/healthy-nutrition-for-healthy-teeth

http://www.precisionnutrition.com/nutrition-teeth-dental-health

http://www.cda-adc.ca/en/oral_health/cfyt/dental_care/nutrition.asp

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3272860/

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