Most of us hear from our dentist (and maybe even our parents) from an early age that eating too much sugar can affect our teeth. And while that’s true, what we don’t often hear is how our entire diets can actually affect our teeth, and the overall health of our mouth. What we eat on a daily basis can have a greater impact on the health and strength of our teeth than many people realize.
So, what can you do to create the optimum diet for your teeth, and what should you avoid in order to have a healthy, sparkling smile?
First, the most important thing you can do is drink as much water as possible. Not only is this good for other aspects of your body, but it will keep food particles from sticking to your teeth for too long, and will promote the production of natural saliva.
As far as foods to avoid, anything that will ‘stick’ to your teeth should be limited. This includes things like soft foods, candy, sweets, etc. If you’re craving something sweet, reach for a teeth-polishing apple, instead!
If you’re looking for foods to increase in your diet that can actually benefit your teeth, there’s nothing better than healthy dairy products. A piece of low fat cheese, a glass of cold milk, or a cup of yogurt can actually help to strengthen your teeth and keep them sparkling. If you keep your diet filled with nutritious ingredients like grains, whole fruits and vegetables, dairy, and limit your intake of sweets and soft foods, you’ll not only be doing something good for your whole body, but you’ll be doing something great for your teeth.
It turns out your dentist was right all those years ago about eating ‘smart’ for the overall health of your teeth, but it’s an easy rule to follow: A healthy diet for your body means a healthy diet for your teeth.