Did you know over 60% of Americans resolved to lose weight and get in shape in 2017? By far, the most common New Year’s resolution always involves physical health. Improving your nutrition is a great goal – and it’s not just good for your waistline. Eating right also makes your teeth happy, too. In this post, your Lansing dentist explains how nutrition impacts your smile. Find out what to eat for perfect teeth with these tips from Hagerty Dentistry.
How Does A Better Diet Lead To Better Oral Health?
Dr. John Hagerty explains that your diet is linked to your health in two ways:
- Internally – Vitamins and nutrients from the food you eat are absorbed and dispersed through the bloodstream, so your teeth are affected from the inside out.
- Externally – When chewing and swallowing, the outside of your teeth come into direct exernal contact with foods and beverages that can either strengthen them, or cause damage.
What Nutrition Tips Can I Follow For A Healthy Smile?
We suggest that our patients take the following tips when it comes to getting the proper nutrition and keeping your smile bright your whole life long:
- Dairy – Calcium is essential for strong bones, including teeth. Get 3 servings of reduced-fat dairy each day, and say cheese, since this tasty snack can reduce your risk for cavities.
- Leafy Greens – Are you a vegan? You don’t have to miss out on vital nutrients – enjoy greens like spinach, kale, and Swiss chard that have plenty of calcium and other minerals.
- High Protein, Low Carb – Eating foods that are high in protein and low in refined carbs will keep you fuller longer, giving your saliva the chance to remineralize your teeth in between meals.
- Supplements – If you’re like most people, you might not be getting enough nutrients from food, so take a multivitamin, as well as calcium, Vitamin D, and magnesium supplements.
- Limit Sugar – We all know that sugar leads to tooth decay, cavities, and painful infections that can lead to root canal therapy. Decrease your intake of sweets in both foods and beverages to keep teeth healthy.
- Nix Caffeine – Not only does coffee discolor your smile, this acidic pick-me-up can leach calcium from your teeth and make your weaker intrinsically.
- Say No To Soda – Think coffee is bad? Drinking soda is basically bathing your teeth in sugar – and energy drinks are even worse, since these combine the worst attributes of the two. Eliminate soda and the like to keep your oral health intact.
- Red Wine & Alcohol – A glass here or there can be all right, but too much of a good thing can damage your teeth. Since alcohol is acidic, it can wear out your teeth and red wine’s potent color can lead to stains that can only be treated professionally.
PRO TIP: How you eat is as important as what you eat. Since snacking constantly assaults your teeth and leaves them susceptible to tooth decay, stop grazing. And stick to water – sweet beverages count as snacks.
Now that you know what you can eat to keep your smile bright, go ahead and enjoy – just be sure to brush and floss afterwards, and schedule your appointment with your dentist in Lansing to make sure you can always savor your favorite foods.