Oral health is important not only to have a perfect smile but also to maintain overall good health and to prevent certain oral diseases. While most of us maintain a good oral regimen with regular brushing, flossing and using mouthwashes, many people suffer from tooth aches, tooth decay, periodontal disease and many other issues. This is because of the food that we eat.
In addition to our internal systems, skin and hair, the food that we eat also greatly affects our teeth and gums. According to American Dental Association, our teeth and gums are the first to get affected by bad diet. While it is common knowledge that foods which are rich in sugar are extremely dangerous for our oral health as they contribute to tooth decay, many people do not know what foods they should eat to maintain good oral health and to prevent problems like cavities, tooth decay or gum disease. Here we have outlined some common food items that, if regularly eaten, will help you in maintaining healthy teeth and gums:
American Academy of General Dentistry, in a report published in its journal named General Dentistry, has given another reason to all cheese lovers out there to continue eating this yummy food item. According to the report, cheese has been found to increase the PH level of mouth and to reduce the risk of tooth decay. The calcium and protein, found abundantly in cheese, work towards strengthening of tooth enamel.
2. Crunchy fruits and vegetables
Crunchy fruits and vegetables, such as carrots, apples and celery, are commonly known as ‘dental detergents’ because they increase the production of saliva which cleanses the mouth from food particles and bacteria thus, reduces the risks of cavities. Apples and carrots are rich in fiber and celery contains vitamins A and C, which are highly beneficial for gums.
While eating raw onion gives you a bad breath, it is told to be really good for prevention of gum diseases and cavities due to its strong anti-bacterial properties.
Both green and black teas have ‘polyphenols’ which are helpful in removing toxic products of bacteria from the mouth and in reducing the growth of bacteria which cause gum diseases and cavities. Rinsing mouth with black tea, often, has been proved to slow the process of plaque buildup. Drinking tea is also told to prevent bad breath.
5. Green, Leafy vegetables
Being rich in vitamins and minerals, green leafy vegetables like kale, broccoli, spinach, bok choy and others are really good for oral health. High amounts of calcium and folic acid found in these foods have numerous benefits for your oral health, like strengthening of teeth enamel, prevention of gum diseases etc.
Drinking lots of water and including items from every food group (protein, dairy, vegetables, fruits and whole grains), in your diet, not only ensures healthy teeth and gums but will also be beneficial for your overall health.
In addition to adding all these foods in your diet, regular oral checkups from your family dentist are also extremely important to maintain healthy teeth and gums. We at Mission Bend Family Dentistry have reliable and most professional staff to cater to dental needs of all your family members. We are located at Richmond, Texas. Visit us for a complete dental checkup of your entire family soon to learn about oral health maintenance and for treatment of any impending problems.