We all know good nutrition is important to a healthy body, but did you know that our teeth do more with food than just chew it? Our teeth need nourishment to stay healthy and grow — just like the rest of our bones — so eating these foods will help keep your smile healthy and bright. And as an added bonus: they’re delicious too!
Dr. Nish Patel of Manatee Advanced Dentistry, a respected dental provider of Bradenton, FL, would like to give you some tips about which foods will help your teeth stay strong and healthy.
Cheese, like most dairy products, is rich in calcium, which promotes strong and healthy bones and teeth. Our bodies need calcium in foods and drinks and vitamins to help rebuild our tooth enamel and strengthen our bones since we can’t produce it on our own. Our bodies use up calcium quickly so snacking on some cheese is a good way to make sure you’re getting enough in your diet.
Eating too many carbohydrates, starches, and sugary foods can weaken tooth enamel due to acids produced by bacteria in our mouths when they dissolve particles of these foods (this is why regular brushing and flossing are important). Instead satisfy your sweet tooth with an apple. They’re rich in vitamin C, which helps reduce inflammation. This is extremely beneficial to those who may be suffering from inflamed gums. Other foods that are rich sources of Vitamin C include broccoli, oranges, and green peppers.
Even if you eat foods rich in calcium every day, your body can’t absorb it without Vitamin D. Consuming foods rich in vitamin D, such as tuna and salmon, helps your body absorb calcium which it needs to build those strong teeth and bones. Another excellent source of vitamin D that is readily abundant and free is the sun! Getting out and getting sun on your body does wonders for skin, hair, nails, teeth, and more (just be sure to wear sunscreen)!
Whole grains such as those found in some oatmeals can improve heart health. However, eating oatmeal for breakfast, as part of a healthy diet, can be beneficial for healthy too. However, most pre-packaged artificially-flavored oatmeals are full of added sugars and sweeteners. Eating too much sugar feeds the oral bacteria that can eat away at your tooth enamel. To keep the amount of sugar in your oatmeal down, try cooking your own plain oats and adding in some berries and/or cinnamon for sweetness.
Improving Oral Health in Bradenton, FL
Consuming these delicious, healthy foods will not only improve your dental health, but they’re great for the rest of your body too. To make sure your teeth are healthy and strong, have them examined regularly as part of your dental health routine by seeing Dr. Nish Patel at Manatee Advanced Dentistry in Bradenton, FL! Schedule a consultation online or call 941.209.4315 today!