Who would have thought that the things we consume can have an affect on oral health? While it may seem obvious, many of us go through our lives completely oblivious to our oral health. Dentists get paid their six-figure salaries because so many just aren’t willing to pay close attention to keeping their teeth clean and strong. But besides brushing and flossing daily, you can improve your oral health by simply eating a good diet!
Some of the science comes down to more of what you don’t eat rather than what you do eat. First of all, lots of sugary foods are a big no-no when it comes to the health of your teeth. Glucose is a very sticky substance and it likes to stick onto your teeth; sometimes no matter how much your brush or floss, you could have sugary residue on your teeth for weeks – this is why I highly recommend visiting your dentist for just a simple cleaning quite often (maybe once every other month). Or, you can just start eating lots of cranberries and raising. These two fruits contain high amounts of polyphenols which prevent plaque from sticking to your teeth.
Calcium is something that all of us, Americans especially, don’t consume enough of. Calcium keeps our bones healthy and strong and since our teeth are bones too, calcium directly affects our oral health. Drinking lots of milk is the easiest way to make sure your body has enough calcium. Then we get to vegetables; especially celery and carrots. These are important because they are loaded with antioxidants which can almost take the place of brushing your teeth because they help break of up plaque – but I wouldn’t recommend it.
The point is, you don’t want to have to be visiting the hospital when you’re older. Dental health has been directly related to the health of your heart, and even your brain. Those who don’t take their of their teeth are more likely to end up being taken care of by a medical assistant in their future – so don’t be that person. Take care of your teeth.