September is Teeth-safe Food Month! Food plays a vital part in our lives and is linked to our health in countless ways. Oral health is no exception! Gathering knowledge on which foods are helpful and which are harmful to your teeth is extremely important when it comes to keeping your smile shining and healthy.
Cavities are one of the most common dental issues. They are usually directly linked to the food we eat. One of the most common causes of cavities is the consumption of refined sugar. When food containing refined sugar is eaten, it is broken down by bacteria and turned into acid, which in turn dissolves the tooth enamel. Because of this, the frequency of sugar consumption is actually more detrimental to your oral health than the amount of sugar you consume in one sitting. So what are some of the safest ways to still enjoy your favorite sugary treats while keeping your teeth safe?
- Avoid having sugar in your mouth for an extended time. Some examples of this are soda and candies you suck on, such as lollipops. If you want to enjoy a sugary snack, a quick dessert like a piece of cake or pie is much better. When you are eating something quickly, the saliva in your mouth will be hard at work washing the debris away.
- If you want to snack, find substitutes! Many delicious snacks are much better for your teeth than candy and sweets but can still satisfy your cravings for something tasty! Try snacking on berries or yogurt – they are both sweet and good for your teeth!
- Eat sweets at a time you know you will brush soon afterward. Most people will brush their teeth pretty soon after eating a meal. Therefore, this is one of the best times to consume a sweet treat. If you’re snacking on sweets at a random time during the day, you are less likely to brush until later, and the sugar will have more time to sit on your teeth and will be more likely to damage them.
Having a healthy diet will positively affect your oral health. Certain foods will keep your teeth safe and your gums and bones strong. Finding foods you enjoy that are also rich in vitamins is beneficial and not difficult to do! Foods containing folic acid, calcium, vitamin B12, and vitamin C are some of the best options for strong teeth and healthy gums. Here are some of our favorite picks…
- Beans, seeds, and nuts. These three foods have endless uses and can enhance many meals. They also contain folic acid, which will strengthen the supporting soft tissue in your mouth.
- Dairy. Dairy products such as cheese, milk, and yogurt will kill two birds with one stone. They contain both calcium and vitamin B12, which are beneficial to the health of your gums and teeth!
- Citrus. Whether you prefer fresh-squeezed orange juice or peeling and eating a clementine, citrus is delicious, rich in vitamin C, and perfect for keeping your soft mouth tissue healthy.
- Dark green leafy vegetables. When people think of calcium, they usually think of milk. However, certain leafy greens such as kale, spinach, and collard greens are chock full of calcium and will keep your teeth strong.
- Meat. Meats such as chicken and fish are versatile and delicious. You can’t go wrong with either because there are so many ways to cook and season them! In addition to this, they contain vitamin B12, which is great for keeping your gums healthy.
Food allergies are quite common, especially when it comes to nuts and dairy. The foods listed above are just the tip of the iceberg when it comes to food that is beneficial for your teeth. You have so many choices and will never be bored! Making sure you eat a wide range of foods with the above vitamins and minerals will strengthen both your oral health as well as your overall well-being. We can give you plenty of tips on our blog, but it’s always better to come to see us in person! Give us a call today at (903) 455-2942 to schedule an appointment! Learn about wisdom teeth recovery.