I’m sure you’ve heard the expression, “you are what you eat.” Well, I’m here to tell you that there’s another version to that sentiment: your smile is what you eat. Just as there are foods and beverages that a good for your general health—and some that can be bad, too—there are likewise things we all commonly eat and drink that are better (or worse) for our oral health. Dr. Thomas and his team at Highland Village Family Dentistry have a few ideas on how you can enjoy delicious foods and take care of your teeth and gums.
Calcium and phosphorus don’t just do a body good, they do your teeth good, too. Both of these minerals keep your teeth strong by protecting and repairing enamel, the hard, outer surface of your teeth. Foods that are rich in calcium include cheese; milk—and skim milk has slightly more calcium than whole milk—yogurt; dark leafy greens such as curly kale, arugula and collards; soy products; and almonds.
Your Flower Mound family dentist Dr. Thomas also recommends that you eat an assortment of fresh fruits and vegetables every day. Filled with water and fiber, these are great teeth cleaners. They stimulate saliva production, which is your mouth’s natural way to wash away food particles as well as harmful acids produced by bacteria in your mouth. And lots of produce contains vitamin C, which helps your gums stay healthy, and vitamin A, which like calcium and phosphorus builds tooth enamel. So, an apple a day can keep the doctor and the dentist’s drill away!
Cheers to Your Oral Health
In addition to foods, there are also some beverages that can benefit your teeth and gums, too. For example, a report published in the Journal of Periodontology shows that regularly drinking green tea can reduce your risk of gum disease. And that glass of red wine you may have in the evening to improve your heart health may also help to prevent tooth decay and gum disease. The antioxidants in red wine seem to block the bacteria that cause tooth decay from sticking to saliva and teeth.
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To learn more about the connection between nutrition and oral health—or to schedule a dental checkup for cleaning and examination—call Highland Village Family Dentistry, the dentist Lewisville residents rely on for comprehensive general, restorative and cosmetic dentistry services. We happily serve Highland Village, TX, and the surrounding communities of Flower Mound, Corinth, Lewisville, Lake Dallas and beyond.