Dr. Jennifer Vitarelli

How to Eat Your Way to Great Dental Health

Nowadays, the composition of food is being tinkered with, making some selections compound-rich in one way or another. Therefore, chances are that standard dental measures won’t cut it anymore. While brushing your teeth two times a day may seem like a good way to maintain your oral health, there’s a lot more to it than brushing and flossing.

The secret to great teeth

One of the key components behind stellar dental health is actually taking note of what you eat and how it can affect your teeth, especially because your dietary choices can play a significant part in determining their health.

The choices that you make when it comes to food can cause problems for your teeth, such as periodontal disease, tooth decay, gingivitis, and other nasty oral health issues. That said, while there are wrong ways to eat for your teeth, you can also make certain dietary choices to keep them healthy. 

Which kinds of food should you be eating?

Clueless as to how you can eat your way to better oral health? Partner your flossing, brushing, and regular checkups with proper dietary habits. You should eat more of the following kinds of food:

1. Food packed with calcium and phosphorous

In order to remain intact for heavy daily use, your teeth rely on its enamel, which is a protective coating that makes sure your pearly whites don’t pick up any cavities or discoloration along the way. However, in order for the enamel on your teeth to be up to par in terms of strength and quality, you’ll have to include a substantial amount of calcium and phosphorous in your daily diet. When trying to eat for stronger enamel, pick certain types of foods rich in calcium and phosphorus such as yoghurt, hard cheese, almonds, tofu, milk, eggs, nuts, red meat, and seeds!

2. Foods that are naturally crunchy in texture

Including more crunchy foods such as carrots, apples, celery, and cucumbers in your diet can make a huge difference in the health of your teeth. Unbeknownst to most people, foods that are naturally crunchy can deep clean your teeth. With every chew, more bits of plaque on your teeth will be removed. Naturally crunchy foods can also inhibit your tongue’s production of saliva to clean your teeth. 

3. Food packed with vitamin C

Aside from keeping your immune system in check, Vitamin C also plays a vital role in ensuring constant collagen production, a protein that helps keep your gums healthy enough to fight off periodontal disease and gingivitis. Adding certain foods rich in Vitamin C (such as oranges, kiwis, strawberries, bell peppers, broccoli, and kale) to your diet can improve and preserve the health of your gums. 

4. Drink 6 to 8 liters of water a day

Although most doctors and health magazines have already reminded you to drink as much water as possible everyday, we can’t stress the importance of doing so enough. Water helps your mouth produce enough saliva to protect your teeth. With increased saliva, your teeth will be given the necessary proteins and minerals to keep your chompers plaque-free. 

5. Get as much vitamin D as possible

Other than strengthening your bones and avoiding scurvy, taking in a daily dose of Vitamin D can give your teeth some much-needed reinforcement. Compared to all your other body parts, your teeth and mouth are used the most, which means that you’ll need to drink one glass of milk a day, and each vitamin D-rich foods such as egg yolks and fatty fish. 

Vitarelli Dental is a dental office based in Madison NJ, get in touch today to see how we can help you maintain a great set of teeth.

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