A Healthy Diet for a Healthy Mouth

Feb 2nd, 2012 | By | Category: More dental news, Preventive Dentistry

healthy diet richmond dentistA healthy diet is important for your well being.

We’ve already covered how your diet contributes to a healthy mouth and a healthy body, but are you still confused about what you should eat? Balance is the key when it comes to your diet, and you should eat a variety of foods from each food group. However, you can eat some foods more freely than others if you want to keep your teeth and gums healthy. Here’s a list of the five food groups and how they can affect your oral health.

Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs, and Nuts

Proteins are essential for muscle and bone development, but too much of a good thing can impact your oral health. Proteins, especially meats, are very acidic and can demineralize your teeth, causing tooth decay and gum disease. Too much protein can also lower your white blood cell count, which lowers the immune system. If you’re experiencing tooth decay or frequently falling ill, you may want to rethink that high protein diet and consider vegetarian options a couple of times a week.

Milk, Yogurt, and Cheese

A 2008 study by the American Academy of Periodontology showed that people who routinely consume dairy products had lower incidences of gum disease. Additionally, dairy products contain calcium, which is essential in developing and maintaining strong bones and teeth. Cheese and yogurt also stimulate the flow of saliva and can help alleviate dry mouth and neutralize any acidic substances on the teeth.

Fruits and Vegetables

Fruits and vegetables are high in antioxidants and are part of a healthy diet; they help strengthen the immune system and prevent cancer. Even though many fruits are sugary and acidic, they stimulate saliva flow which washes away the acid. Also, fruits high in vitamin C will help protect you against gum disease.

Bread, Cereal, Rice, and Pasta

Whole-grain carbs are great sources of fiber and essential nutrients, but did you know that refined carbs such as white bread and white rice are converted to sugar in your body? These types of carbs are highly acidic and can cause tooth decay and gum problems just like table sugar, so eat them sparingly or switch to whole grains.

Fats, Oils, and Sweets

Fats are essential for a healthy diet; your heart and brain health need them, but they must be the right kind of fats, such as those found in avocados or olive oil. Even though the omega-3s in these fats are good for you, they are still loaded with calories so you must use them sparingly. When it comes to treats made with refined sugars, nothing contributes to tooth decay more. Limit these items or eliminate them completely from your diet.

If you feel you need to know more about a healthy diet and how it relates to your oral health problems, Dr. Moiceanu can help. Call Hilltop Family Dental today at (510) 758-7222 to schedule an appointment. Dr. Moiceanu happily treats patients in Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Vallejo, Pinole, El Cerrito, Hercules, Benicia, and the surrounding areas.

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