Dentists talk a lot about brushing, flossing, and regular checkups, but did you know that what you eat can also affect your oral health? Obviously, foods loaded with sugar and starch can have a negative impact, but there are also foods that can have a positive impact. Today we’d like to mention just a few of those so you can consider making them a more regular part of your diet.
Milk, cheese, and yogurt
Dairy items like these are a source of calcium, an important mineral for your teeth and bones. Dairy items like these also contain casein, which provide natural protection from cavities.
Nutritious foods, like fruits, vegetables, and nuts
Foods like carrots and celery can be beneficial because they require more chewing. That leads to more saliva in the mouth. Saliva is known for its ability to neutralize acid, preventing cavities from forming.
Other foods—like garlic, apples, grapes, cocoa and nutmeg—are also believed to beneficial. They make it more difficult for cavity-causing bacteria to cling to teeth.
Raisins, meanwhile, contains important antioxidants that can help patients fight the bacteria responsible for inflammation and gum disease.
Water and Tea
Drinks like water and tea have benefits for different reasons. Water helps keep teeth clean, and it keeps the mouth moisturized, minimizing bad breath and the development of cavities. Tea, on the other hand, contains antioxidants and polyphenols that limit the body’s inflammatory response and the growth of bacteria
Do you have questions about these or other foods? Dr. Ann Bonness and Dr. Richard Bonness of Bonness Family Dentistry would be happy to help. What you eat can make a serious difference in your oral health. Call us today with your questions or to reserve an appointment. We provide general, cosmetic, and restorative dental care to patients from Camby, Mooresville, Plainfield, Indianapolis, Monrovia, Martinsville, and beyond.