If you want a healthy smile it’s important that you maintain a healthy diet.
Of course it seems all too obvious to say that the foods you consume affect your overall health. All we have to do is turn to reports about sugar and processed foods and see that they are linked to a host of health issues. So it may not come as too much of a surprise that what you eat also affects your oral health. From the office of our Danvers, MA dentist, Dr. Mahshid Mirghassemi, find out what foods are good and bad for your smile.
Both children and adults need to be smart about what they eat, as anything can either positively or negatively impact the health of your teeth and gums. If you have children, you’ll want to lead by example if you want them to also consume smile-friendly foods and drinks.
Foods that contain sugars can increase your chances of decay. Of course, sugars naturally occur in a lot of the foods we consume from milk to fruits and vegetables. While some of these foods are important for a balanced diet, foods that contain added sugars are to be avoided. This includes foods like sodas, pastries, white breads, cakes and candy, to name a few. Make sure to read labels whenever you go grocery shopping to make sure that sugar isn’t being added to the foods you buy.
You also want to make sure that you are getting the proper nutrients in your diet to protect healthy teeth and gums from infections. If you aren’t getting the right amount of nutrients then you could end up dealing with more serious issues like gum disease down the road.
So you may be wondering, “How do I maintain a balanced diet?” Your Danvers general dentist is here to provide some helpful tips for creating a smile-friendly diet:
- Make sure that your meals incorporate each of the five major foods groups (protein, vegetables, fruits, grains and dairy).
- Opt for lean sources of protein such as chicken, turkey or fish.
- Limit how many snacks you have each day, and if you do need an afternoon snack opt for healthy food choices like raw veggies, crisp fruit or cheese. All of these foods increase salivary production, which will help to wash away food and plaque from teeth and neutralize acids in the mouth.
- Stay away from sugar and white starches, which will increase your risk of cavities.
If you have questions about changing your diet to improve your oral health or you just need to schedule your six-month cleaning don’t hesitate to call Liberty Tree Prosthodontics in Danvers, MA. We are always here for you!
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