Help Your Teeth By Eating Healthy
Posted March 9, 2015 by Wager-Evans Dental
There is such a thing as a tooth-friendly diet. Certain foods can help strengthen your teeth, keep your gums healthy, and prevent tooth decay while other foods can do just the opposite. Foods that are good for your oral and dental health include fruits and vegetables, whole grains, lean proteins, and unsaturated fats. Below are some tooth-friendly food suggestions so you can help your teeth by eating healthy.
Calcium: When your body is low in calcium it will leach it from your teeth and bones. That is why it is important to keep your calcium stores high by eating/drinking two to four servings per day of cheese, yogurt, kale, broccoli, fish, and milk.
Vitamin C: It is recommended that you consume three times the recommended amount of 75 to 90 mg per day of vitamin C to stave off gingivitis. One orange, grapefruit, tangerine or kiwi helps meet the RDA standard for daily vitamin C intake.
Fruits and Vegetables: Crunchy fruits and vegetables scrub your teeth while you chew helping to eliminate plaque. Such fruits and veggies include carrots, celery, broccoli, cauliflower, pears, and apples.
Tea: Tea is known to stain teeth, but black tea has also been found to reduce the growth of harmful cavity-causing bacteria.
Fluoridated Water: Drinking plenty of water keeps you hydrated so you produce the proper amounts of saliva which helps remineralize your tooth enamel and prevent cavities. Both water and saliva help cleanse food debris, acids, and harmful oral bacteria from your mouth as well. Bottled water does not usually contain fluoride.
To keep your teeth healthy, brush at least twice a day, floss daily, rinse with an antibacterial mouthwash, and attend your regularly scheduled dental visits.
Dr. William Wager, Dr. Brian Evans, and our highly experienced team at Wager Evans Dental are devoted to our patients and their families, and dedicated to providing first-rate dental care in a comfortable, inviting environment. Located in Reno, we proudly welcome residents from Spanish Springs, Sparks, Incline Village, Dayton, Fernley, and all surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation or your next dental appointment, visit our office, or contact us today by calling (775) 800-4845