Choices are everywhere. No, really. Everywhere. It’s a complicated world and we are constantly working with a vast amount of input to operate our daily lives. Did you know that your food choices can very seriously impact the health of your teeth and gums? We are all aware that choosing terrible foods can impact your waistline, and most of us know the deeper health benefits of a healthy diet. Few people, though, are aware of the deep connection between diet and oral health.
Whole and healthy foods can really help protect your teeth against tooth decay and tooth sensitivity. Highly processed foods and foods that are high in sugar, on the other hand, can increase your risk of developing tooth decay and gum disease. This is a safe assumption, right? But what does that really mean in your daily choices?
Increasing the variety in your diet and eating fresh fruits and vegetables can help you feel better and lose any extra weight. The good news is that some of those healthy foods are recommended by the American Dental Association (ADA) as a way to improve the health of your teeth. These can be very practical choices.
Here’s a good shopping list, ready? Cheese and dairy products, like sugar-free yogurt and milk. Certain dark, green, leafy vegetables like kale, spinach, and broccoli. They’re good. Choose these, too. Crunchy and fibrous fruits and vegetables including apples, celery, pears, and carrots. They help clean your mouth. Celery is quite good. And tree nuts. Choose tree nuts. Meyers Family Dental is always happy to guide you help you make your grocery list.
It’s always wise to stay current with your cleanings and checkups, as well. Call our office today to keep your choices aligned with your perfect smile! No matter what else you do this sum