Everything you eat comes into contact with your teeth and gums, so it makes sense that there is a relationship between your oral health and diet. Making wise nutritional choices is important for your dental and physical wellbeing and helps you live a full and happy life. Since March is National Nutrition Month in Newtown, it’s a great time to reassess your diet and how it could be affecting your oral health. Read on to find out which good foods encourage you to flash your smile, and which can make you hide it.
Beneficial Foods for Your Oral Health
For a healthier lifestyle, eating a well-balanced diet and limiting snacking can have a great impact on your oral health in Newtown. Some foods and drinks that you can consume for a better smile include:
- Whole grains
- Fibrous vegetables
- Lean proteins like chicken and fish
- Low-fat or fat-free dairy like white yogurt, cheese, and milk
It’s best to avoid snacking too much to give your mouth a rest from food debris buildup. If you do snack, try eating things that naturally scrub your teeth like carrots. In moderation, fruits like citrus are fine but remember that excessive consumption of these can erode your enamel.
Foods to Avoid
Sugary foods can contribute to oral problems like tooth decay and bad breath. Most fruits and vegetables naturally contain sugar, but these are necessary for a healthy diet and offer many positive health benefits. Added sugars in foods can have serious consequences for your dental health. Examples of these foods and drinks include the following:
- Dark sodas
It’s also a good idea to avoid excessively sticky and starchy foods. Sticky foods like dried fruits may be a healthy snack, but they can cling to crevices of your teeth and leave behind sugar. If you do enjoy these as a snack, rinse your mouth by drinking water afterward. Starchy foods like potato chips are incredibly satisfying, but once the starch begins to break down, it turns into sugar and creates a perfect breeding ground for bacteria and plaque.
Reducing your alcohol consumption can do wonders for your dental health as well. It can cause dehydration, dry mouth, and discoloration of your teeth. Reduced saliva production due to these problems can cause larger oral issues like gum disease and infections.
Maintaining a balanced diet can do more than just keep you physically healthy, it can help your smile too! So, this March, don’t forget about your oral health and make wiser choice in your daily diet. Your waistline and your mouth will thank you in the long run!
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