A healthy diet is a cornerstone of good overall wellbeing, which includes dental health. In honor of National Nutrition Month, Longmont dentist Dr. Amy Farmer shares her top nutrition tips for healthier and brighter teeth.
A Mouth-Friendly Diet
A well-balanced diet should include:
Fresh fruits and raw vegetables. Good choices include apples, pears, oranges, broccoli, celery and carrots. Fruits and veggies like these help stimulate saliva stimulation to wash away acids and food debris from the mouth. Many fruits and vegetables contain vitamin C, an important nutrient that helps build strong tooth enamel.
Lean proteins. Turkey, chicken, tofu and other lean proteins help strengthen teeth and rebuild and protect tooth enamel.
Nuts and seeds. Almonds, pumpkin seeds and other nuts are a great source of plant-based protein and contain teeth-healthy nutrients like phosphorus, magnesium, potassium, zinc and calcium.
Whole grains. Although whole grains (e.g., brown rice, oatmeal, whole-wheat bread) can stick to your teeth when eating, they typically don’t allow bacteria to grow as quickly as simple carbohydrates (e.g., baked goods and cookies).
Dairy products. Milk, yogurt, cheese and other dairy products are chock-full of calcium, which helps strengthen tooth enamel.
Foods to Avoid
Sugary foods and drinks. Foods high in sugar etch away at tooth enamel, increasing your risk of cavities. Sodas, sports drinks, energy drinks and flavored waters are also high in sugar and should be avoided or limited.
Chewy and sticky foods. Foods like peanut butter, taffy and gummy bears are harder to remove from the mouth and teeth, putting you at risk for tooth decay.
Acidic foods. Highly acidic foods and beverages can erode enamel and significantly damage the teeth. Avoid drinking soft drinks and limit consumption of acidic foods like lemons and oranges.
Learn More from Dr. Farmer Today
To get more teeth-friendly nutrition tips or to schedule a dental appointment, please call Dr. Farmer’s office at (303) 776-1480.