Not all foods can damage your teeth. In fact, many foods can help your teeth stay strong and healthy throughout your life. By eating foods that are healthy for your teeth, you also help your body. Your oral health is important, and that requires keeping your teeth in tip-top shape. Our dentist, Dr. Cynthia E. Sherwood in Independence, Kansas, cares about your oral health, and understands the best food choices for your smile.
Those choices begin with proteins and calcium. For example, cheese, chicken or other meats, nuts, and even milk can play an essential role in maintaining positive oral health. Calcium is needed to remineralize teeth. You need to remineralize your teeth to counteract the effect of acids in other foods you consume. Proteins provide healthy nutrients that are required for your smile and your overall body to be healthy and strong.
Other food choices to keep your teeth healthy include crunchy or firm foods like apples, pears, and vegetables. These food choices are excellent because they contain high water content which can hydrate your mouth and dilute the effects of any sugars. They also increase saliva inside your mouth. Saliva neutralizes the acids that damage your teeth, which is why the production of saliva is essential. Sugarless gum is another efficient way of also increasing saliva.
The best drinks to consume always begins with water. Many cities have have fluoridated water, which helps fight cavities and strengthen tooth enamel. Milk and unsweetened teas are also great for keeping your teeth healthy and strong. Avoid drinks that are high in sugars like sodas, lemonade, and any coffees or teas that are high in sugar, if you want a healthy, beautiful smile.
If you have questions about your oral health or find yourself in need of a dental checkup, please call us today at (620) 331.4499 to make an appointment. Our team is dedicated to helping others with their oral health, and we are happy to help you too!