What you eat determines your dental health.
We are all aware of the detrimental effects of sugary foods on our dental health, but do we know what we should eat to preserve our oral health? With the American Dental Association (ADA) revealing that oral health is one of the first areas to be impacted by poor diet, you may want to review your diet and include foods that can promote dental health.
Here we go with the list:
- Yogurt: Yogurt contains high amounts of protein and calcium, preserve dental health. Additionally, yogurt contains beneficial bacteria called probiotics that push out harmful bacteria that cause cavities and tooth decay.
- Apples: Because apples are sweet, you may think of excluding apples from the list of teeth-healthy fruits. Surprisingly, apples have been found to be beneficial for oral health for their ability to generate saliva that drives away bacteria and food debris. Additionally, the fibrous texture of apples massages the gums.
- Almonds: Almonds have low sugar content and they are rich in protein and calcium. Try including almonds in your diet in meaningful ways- as part of your salad, snacks, or main-course meals.
- Cheese: If you are a weight-watcher and have compromised on your intake of cheese, think twice. A study published by the journal of the American Academy of General Dentistry revealed that cheese raised the pH levels in the participants’ mouth, thereby lowering the probability of tooth decay. Notably, the calcium and protein content present in cheese is another reason why you should consider redesigning your diet.
- Leafy Greens: Leafy greens are noted for their high vitamin and mineral content. Interestingly, kale and spinach, rich in calcium and folic acid, have been found to promote oral health. The calcium content preserves tooth enamel and the folic acid treats gum diseases in pregnant women.
As you design a new diet with fibrous vegetables, dairy products, and leafy greens, pay attention to what you drink as sugary drinks and juices can lead to tooth decay.