We’re entering into a new era of positivity, and all the old don’ts and shouldn’t of past decades are being replaced with dos and shoulds. This isn’t about permissiveness; it’s about looking at things, including dental health, in a positive and proactive light. We all know that avoiding sugars and acidic foods if we want healthy teeth, but do you know what to eat to improve your dental health? If you aren’t sure, you’re not alone. The emphasis on decay prevention by dietary denial has been long-standing, but it’s time for a chance.
Calcium and Phosphorous, along with potassium, are elements essential for dental development.
Making The Right Choices For Your Oral Health
Let’s start with going over the traditional steps for great oral health, shall we? You should always be certain to brush your teeth twice a day, floss your teeth, and be certain that you use mouthwash. Every structure in your mouth will benefit, and not just your teeth. Your cheeks, tongue, lips, and even your jawbone all experience positive side effects from these practices. But once hygiene is done, the next best thing you can do for your oral health is eating healthy food.
- Foods High In Calcium – Your bones and teeth share many similarities, among them a need for the calcium found in foods like tofu, almonds, milk, yogurt, and salmon.
- Abundant Phosphorous – Another similarity to bones can be found in the importance of phosphorous in dental health. Eggs, nuts, lean meat, and beans are all good places to get it.
- Vitamin C – Chemically known as citric acid, this substance is well-known for its (mythical) ability to prevent colds. What it is good for, however, is the healthy development and maintenance of your gums. Be sure to rinse after consuming fruits like lemons, oranges, and other citrus sources, as your teeth can come to harm otherwise.
Another great aspect of the foods mentioned above is their ability to serve as a satisfying and healthy snack. Far better than more common carb-filled snacks, these provide a complete range of nutrients that benefit your teeth and your whole body.
Rinsing after snacking is important, no matter the snack
A Good Oral Health Diet Starts Before Teeth
Tooth development begins in the womb and continues throughout childhood. This means it’s essential for you to get all these nutrients while pregnant and to ensure your child has a diet rich in them while they’re growing. As soon as your child can start taking more than formula or breast milk, start introducing the above foods as is developmentally appropriate. Be certain that you don’t put your baby to bed with anything but water in their bottle, as juices and even milk can have a negative impact on their overall dental health. Contact your dentist to get further information about good dietary choices for improving your oral health.