December 4, 2015
No doubt you’ve heard the saying, “you are what you eat.” We don’t disagree, but we would like to suggest you keep another similar saying in mind: your smile is what you eat. Eating a healthy and well-balanced diet is not only important to your general health, but your oral health, as well. Dr. Henry Campbell and his team in Carrollton, TX, want to help you enjoy a healthy and happy smile for a lifetime. With this in mind, we have a few suggestions for what you should and should not be eating to maintain a healthy mouth and avoid problems such as tooth decay and gum disease.
An apple a day can keep bacteria away. Yes, there is sugar in an apple and while the American Dental Association recommends not eating too much food with sugar, apples have the advantage of being rich in fiber and water. Eating a raw apple increases the production of saliva in your mouth, which helps clear away food particles and bacteria. In addition, the texture of an apple stimulates your gums, too.
Dairy and other calcium-rich foods. Just as calcium is an important diet ingredient that supports bone health, so too foods with calcium enhance the health of your teeth. Milk, yogurt, cheese, leafy greens (broccoli, kale, spinach, cabbage, romaine lettuce) and almonds provide a high amount of calcium.
Foods that provide phosphorus. Like calcium, phosphorus is a mineral that is important to your dental health. In fact, calcium need phosphorus to make the most of its bone and teeth strengthening benefits. Phosphorus can be found in meat, poultry and fish, eggs, soy beans, nuts, oranges, grapefruit, tomatoes and cucumbers.
Choose healthy snacks. Your 75007 dentist understands that sometimes everyone gets hungry between meals, so a snack is necessary. When choosing a snack, however, try not to give in to the munchies. Carbohydrate snacks like chips, crackers and pretzels leave behind food particles that are a feeding ground for bacteria that excrete the acids that can lead to tooth decay. Likewise, sticky foods—including dried fruits—can stay on your teeth, too. Instead, choose healthy snacks, such as cheese sticks, an apple and peanut butter, or carrots and humus.
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If you would like to learn more about how you can eat for oral health, or to schedule one of your biannual dental checkups, contact the office of Dr. Campbell, the dentist Carrollton, TX, and residents from Farmers Branch, Dallas, Grapevine, Lewisville, Richardson and Plano turn to for quality dental care.
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