What Foods Improve My Oral Health?
When you go grocery shopping, you may be opting for certain foods based on how healthy they are for your body, but you should also consider your oral health as well. You should know that the food and drinks you consume affect your oral health just as much as your overall health.
For that reason, there are several foods you should incorporate more into your diet for better oral and overall health.
Foods that are high in fiber, such as dark, leafy greens, brussel sprouts, beans, and grains, help keep your gums and teeth clean since they cause your mouth to produce more saliva as you eat them. This increase in saliva helps break down sugars and starches that stick to teeth after you eat less-healthy foods, reducing plaque buildup and decay.
Foods and drinks that are high in calcium not only help produce saliva to keep your teeth and gums healthy, but they also add minerals to your teeth and rebuild enamel. Some of the best items in this category include milk, cheese, yogurt and other dairy products — just make sure you’re choosing low or no-sugar options.
Products that are high in vitamins, especially Vitamin C and Vitamin D, are necessary for promoting good gum health and helping the body absorb calcium for stronger teeth. Foods that are high in Vitamin C and Vitamin D include citrus fruits, spinach, and fatty fish.
Since phosphorus helps support calcium in building strong teeth and bones, it’s important to include foods that contain this mineral in your diet. Those can include seafood, pork, cheese, soybeans, and lentils.
Achieving Better Oral Health in New York and New Jersey
At ProHEALTH Dental, we aim to break down the historical and outdated separation between dentistry and medicine and unite the two for a more comprehensive approach to providing healthcare services.
By coordinating care with your physician, we aim to address not just your oral health needs, but your overall health and well-being.