Good nutrition is truly one of the greatest things you can do for your oral health. A well-balanced diet can furnish your body with essential vitamins and minerals that will keep your teeth and gums in great shape. This is also a good way to protect and maintain a healthy immune system to ward off infection, decay, and disease.
When you eat foods that are high in sugar and carbohydrates, they leave behind damaging acids and bacteria in your mouth. Among these types of food are: carbonated beverages, some kinds of fruit juices, and many kinds of starchy foods like pasta, bread,and cereal.
Children's Nutrition and Teeth
If you establish healthy eating habits in childhood, chances are they will stay with you and that will ensure a lifetime of good oral health.
Foods that are rich in calcium and additional minerals and a diet that’s well balanced with the essential food groups like vegetables, fruits, dairy products, poultry, and meat will keep children strong.
Should you live in a community without fluoridated water, you might want to try fluoride supplements. However, we suggest you consult with our office first. (Be diligent because sugars can be found in certain condiments, as well as fruits and milk.)
Try not to let children consume large amounts of junk food. They contain harmful starches and sugars. These types of foods include potato chips, cookies, crackers, soda, artificial fruit snacks, and granola bars. A diet with these types of foods puts them at risk for future health problems like obesity, osteoporosis and diabetes. It’s a known fact that the carbonation found in soda can erode tooth enamel. Have your children use a straw when drinking soda to prevent it from coming in contact with their teeth.
Adult Nutrition and Teeth
Living your adult life with a highly balanced diet will protect you and your teeth.