Healthy Foods That Contribute to Oral Health

Feb 4th, 2012 | By | Category: General Dentistry, Preventive Dentistry

oral healthDoes Oral Health relate to Healthy Foods?

When it comes to your oral health, a balanced, low-sugar diet makes all the difference in the world. Healthy eating increases saliva flow, inhibits oral bacteria, and creates a strong immune system. Regular brushing and flossing can only keep up so much with bad eating habits. Here’s the lowdown on what you should and should not eat to keep your mouth healthy along with an ideal optimized oral health.

 

 

What foods and drinks contribute to your oral health?

  • Meat, poultry, fish, and nuts. Proteins contribute to strong bones and muscles and should be a part of every diet. However, meats are acidic, so make sure you floss regularly to dislodge any particles from between your teeth which are a contributor to decay and gum disease and an important factor in the oral health breakdown.
  • Cheese, milk, and yogurt. Dairy products are rich in calcium and therefore help strengthen your teeth an important factor in oral health. In addition, some other properties of dairy products help control oral bacteria, including the cultures in yogurt, the fat in cheese, and the vitamin D in milk optimizing the oral health.
  • Fruits and vegetables. In addition to contributing to your overall health with a variety of vitamins and minerals, fruits and vegetables stimulate saliva flow, which has a protective effect on the teeth and gums as a preventive measure in maintaining an optimal oral health. Citrus fruits and tomatoes are more acidic than other fruits, so you should eat them with a larger meal to minimize acid erosion.
  • Water. Your best beverage choice is water, as it helps keep you hydrated and washes away some of the bacteria and food particles in your mouth.
  • Chewing gum. While not technically a food, a sugarless gum containing xylitol helps reduce oral bacteria, prevents tooth decay and promotes oral health. Chewing gum is not advised, however, if you have issues with your jaw such as TMJ dysfunction.

What foods should I limit or avoid?

If you want to prevent gum disease and tooth decay, stay away from desserts and highly processed carbohydrates. Examples of poor food choices include candy, cookies, cake, potato chips, and pretzels. Not only do these foods have little nutritional value, they also coat your teeth with sugar, which creates a breeding ground for oral bacteria and a compromised oral health.

How else can I keep my mouth healthy and an optimal oral health?

  • Brush and floss your teeth after every meal and snack if possible. The only exception would be if you have just consumed sugar or some other acidic food, as this is when the tooth enamel is at its most vulnerable point. Wait at least 30 minutes after consuming sugary treats, processed carbs, or acidic drinks before brushing.
  • Eat a variety of foods from the “healthy” list every day.
  • Snack on fruits, vegetables, cheese, yogurt, or nuts instead of sweets.
  • Visit Dr. Moiceanu regularly for checkups and cleanings and a prevention program designed to optimize your overall oral health. Optimal oral health is a major aspect of a overall ideal body health and contributor to a optimized quality of life. Stay active,stay healthy,respect and pay attention to your oral health situation and prevention needs.

For more advice on keeping your oral health Dr. Moiceanu today at (510) 758-7222 to schedule an appointment. At Hilltop Family Dental, we treat patients in Richmond, San Pablo, El Sobrante, Vallejo, Pinole, El Cerrito, Hercules, Benicia, and the surrounding areas.


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