A healthy diet is important not only for your physical health but also for your oral health. Teeth are durable and strong but can be easily damaged by smaller threats such as acids and bacteria lurking within our mouths. To avoid harmful acids that can break down the defenses of our tooth enamel, we must eat healthier food options, preferably those low in sugar and carbohydrates, both of which can be turned into harmful acids.
Saving smiles begin with healthy diets. Here are some healthy diet choices to consider:
– Sugarless gum is great for your teeth because studies have shown that chewing sugarless gum for longer than twenty minutes can stimulate saliva flow, which can prevent cavities.
– Various foods that contain calcium and phosphorous can re-mineralize teeth and their protection of tooth enamel. These includes cheeses, meats (especially chicken), nuts, and milk.
– Crunchy fruits, such as apples and pears, have been shown to have extra high water content, which can be beneficial for washing away acids and food particles, as well as increase the production of saliva.
– Always eat a variety of foods to ensure a healthy and balanced diet. Try to avoid between-meal snacking and foods that are high in sugar.
To learn about more benefits to protect your teeth or gums, or to book an appointment with Dr. Kenneth Schweizer, please contact our dentist office of Kenneth M. Schweizer, DDS, PA at 941-926-4888. We are located in Sarasota, Florida, and look forward to making your oral health fantastic for the entire year and many more years to come!