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Making the Right Diet Choices For Your Oral Health

Making the right diet choices and practicing a daily oral care routine is key to avoiding tooth decay and gum disease. Good nutrition plays an important role in your oral and overall health.

Snacking

Snacking frequently on sugary foods and not brushing afterward will increase the bacteria in your mouth. Increased bacteria leads to plaque build-up which causes tooth decay which may eventually lead to gum disease if not treated.

Fruits and vegetables are better choices for snacking rather than junk food such as chips, sodas, and candy. You will still need to choose your natural snacks wisely because many of them contain high volumes of sugar and acid.

Best Fruit and Vegetable Choices

The best fruit and vegetable choices for snacking include:

  • Celery
  • Cucumbers
  • Melons
  • Pears

These are low in sugar, calories and contain a high volume of water.

Worst Fruit and Vegetable Choices For Your Oral Health

Fruits and vegetables that are acidic and are high in sugar should be avoided for snacking. They are:

  • Apples
  • Blueberries
  • Citrus fruits – oranges, grapefruit, lemons, limes
  • Grapes
  • Peaches
  • Pineapples
  • Tomatoes

Although they are considered to be healthy snacks, they can cause damage to your teeth because of the high sugar and acid content. Fruit juices should be limited as many of them contain additives or preservatives that are not healthy for your mouth or your body.

Include Calcium

Calcium builds strong bones and teeth. It is essential to your diet. Good sources of calcium include:

  • Milk
  • Yogurt
  • Leafy greens
  • Cheese
  • Beans
  • Tofu
  • Clams
  • Trout

Not having enough calcium in your diet will result in deficiencies that can lead to:

  • Poor circulation
  • Numbness in the fingers and toes
  • Muscle cramps
  • Abnormal heart rhythms
  • Loss of appetite

Good nutrition and good oral care habits have long-term benefits for your oral heal and your overall physical health.

Dr. Melissa Elliott and the team at Harford County Dentistry are ready to help you develop a plan to promote a healthier lifestyle for you and your family. Contact us today to schedule a consultation.