We all know that there are plenty of foods and substances which are unhealthy for our smile, but what is rarely discussed is that there are plenty of foods that are also healthy for it. Not only can some foods wash away harmful plaque and acids, but some have ingredients that can re-mineralize our tooth enamel.
For a better understanding of the basics of healthy food choices, listed below are some of the key principles:
- Seek out foods and drinks that help to naturally promote the abundance of saliva in your mouth, as saliva is a proven acid-blocker, including chewing sugarless gum after meals, which has been shown to increase saliva and lower your risk for cavities.
- Minerals such as calcium and phosphorus have been shown to be effective at re-mineralizing tooth enamel and keep your teeth strong. Foods and drinks with healthy doses of these minerals include meats such as chicken, several types of cheeses and nuts, and milk.
- A healthy diet includes avoiding foods that are hazardous for your gum line, not just your waistline. Stay away from any type of food or drink that can damage your teeth and gums easily.
- Keeping your mouth clean is essential for optimum oral health, so choose foods that can easily wash away from your mouth. For additional support seek out crunchy and watery foods such as pears and apples to help in the process, as they are effective at washing away bacteria and food residue.
For more help from our team at Pax Dental, come in for a visit. If you would like a comprehensive exam from Dr. Jenny Hawkins, please book an appointment to come see us at our dentist office in Lexington Park, MD. We can be reached at 301-863-8822. The wait is over, come get your perfect smile today!