You probably already know that sugar can lead to tooth decay. You know that coffee or tea can lead to yellow stains on your smile. You likely know that chewing on ice can be problematic for your teeth, too. While you know the things to avoid for your smile, do you know that there are certain things you can eat or drink to actually help your smile? Having an understanding for the role that your diet and nutrition plays in your teeth and gums’ health can help you make more mindful choices when it comes to what you are consuming. Essentially, a healthy diet is not just good for your waistline, but it can lead to a healthier smile.
Strength In Nutrients
Your entire body relies on certain vitamins, minerals, and other nutrients to keep everything in working order. If you are eating and drinking a diet that is lacks in any of these essential building blocks, it can lead to poor overall health. A lack of certain nutrients can become problematic for maintaining a strong and healthy smile. The best sources of important nutrients are whole foods, which means foods that are not processed. Foods like vegetables and fruits, lean sources of protein, and healthy fats are all rich in the essential vitamins, minerals, and nutrients you need. Calcium and phosphorous are important to keep your teeth’s enamel strong. Yogurt and hard cheeses are great sources of calcium. Foods like pumpkin seeds, eggs, and tofu are some foods that are rich in phosphorous, another important building block.
Easy on the Sugar
The harmful bacteria in your mouth that causes tooth decay and gum disease feeds on sugar. The more sugar you are eating or drinking, the more prone your smile will be to developing cavities and other issues. Beware of the shakes, fruit juices, dried fruits, or smoothies that could be sneaky sugar bombs.
Good nutrition can be helpful for your smile
Dr. Young can help you develop more strategies to get your smile healthy. We proudly help patients from Breaux Bridge, Broussard, Scott, Youngsville, and surrounding communities. To schedule a consultation, contact us at our Lafayette, LA, dentist’s office at 337-237-6453.