Here at Royal Dental Care, we believe that good oral health is the foundation for good overall health. When both of these things are in balance, patients can smile with confidence that speaks to their exceptional dental wellness. Dental implants are just one tool that can have many great benefits for your oral health. A great diet is another tool that can keep your insides feeling good, as well as your teeth and gums. Here are seven great foods and beverages to add to your plate for better dental health:
1) Cheese. Dairy products like cheese can strengthen teeth, making them more resistant to plaque and tooth decay. Products like cheese have also been shown to be beneficial when they are consumed with sugary or high acid foods. The dairy products provide a bit of extra protection against the acids that can eat away tooth enamel. Try having a cheese stick with lunch or a few cubes of cheese on salads.
2) Whole Grains. Want to reduce your risk of periodontal disease? Try incorporating whole grains into your diet. Research shows that patients who consume several servings of healthy whole grains per day can reduce their risk of periodontal disease by up to 23 percent. Whole grains can also reduce inflammation. Be sure to look for the 100% whole grains label and avoid sugars if possible.
3) Peanut Butter. Peanut butter can be sticky, but it also contains critical nutrients that are beneficial for your teeth and gums. One or two servings per day can strengthen teeth and help reduce the risk of gum disease. Try getting an all natural brand without additives, preservatives, or sugar.
4) Green Tea. Besides having known benefits to your metabolism and your heart, the chemicals in green tea can also benefit your teeth and gums. Just a glass or two a day can provide significant benefits. Be sure to avoid teas that contain sugar.
5) Raisins. These dried fruits contain phytochemicals, antioxidants that kill bacteria responsible for gum disease and cavities. Just a single handful of these tiny snacks gives great flavor and health benefits. Just be sure to avoid raisins that have added sugar or are covered in other sugary substances.
6) Salmon. This firm, pink fish contains healthy proteins that can strengthen teeth, fortify gums, and reduce inflammation. Salmon can also benefit your diet by adding healthy cholesterol. Try adding this fish to soups or salads for added benefits.
7) Milk. Much like cheese, milk can act as a barrier to acids in other foods that can cause tooth decay. For best results, consume this beverage with acidic foods or carbohydrates.
8) Brown Rice. Brown rice has the same benefits as a full serving of whole grains and packs the same punch of anti-inflammatory power. Substitute brown rice for white rice or potatoes and watch your teeth and gums thank you.
No amount of healthy food intake will strengthen teeth that are not being brushed and flossed properly. So plan on picking up your toothbrush first before incorporating any changes into your diet. Brushing twice a day is the minimum requirement. Flossing after meals can also help with oral health, along with regular visits to the dentist. Alternatively, you can call our office now for more tips on how to keep
your smile healthy and attractive.
The answer to this question is yes. Foods that are high in sugar or acid content can break down the enamels that protect teeth from decay. Some of these foods are sweets, highly processed carbohydrates, potato chips, citrus products, and tomato sauce, to name a few. For a comprehensive list of foods and beverages that can damage your mouth, see http://www.mouthhealthy.org/en/nutrition/food-tips/9-Foods-That-Damage-Your-Teeth.
The exceptional staff at Royal Dental Care would love to help you restore unattractive missing or damaged teeth with dental implants. We are here to answer any questions that you may have about the dental implants process, choosing a provider, or financing options. Call our Hoffman, IL office today to schedule a dental implant consultation with Dr. Troyan.
Dr. Peter Troyan
Royal Dental Care
7601 W Montrose Ave. Suite 2
Norridge, IL 60706