What Does Your Diet Have To Do With Your Dental Health?

Have you ever wondered about the connection between your diet and your dental health? Keep reading to learn more:

Nutrients You Need

There are many nutrients that can protect and strengthen your teeth.

 

Calcium

Calcium helps your teeth maintain their structure and stay healthy and strong. Get calcium from dairy products like milk and cheese. If you don’t eat dairy, you can get calcium from leafy greens and other foods that are fortified with calcium.

 

Vitamin D

Vitamin D helps your body absorb calcium. To get vitamin D in your diet, eat seafood and eggs.

 

Vitamin C

Vitamin C protects your immune system and keeps connective tissue in your mouth healthy. While you can get vitamin C from fruit juices, you should avoid eating and drinking foods with too much acid because acid damages your teeth. If you want to add vitamin C to your diet, eat strawberries, leafy greens, bell peppers, and broccoli.

 

The nutrients listed above can help protect your teeth from decay and keep them strong. Drinking plenty of water is also an important part of protecting your teeth. Drinking water rinses out your mouth and helps your body produce saliva. Saliva kills bacteria in your mouth and prevents gum disease and tooth decay.

Damaging Dietary Habits

What you eat and drink can keep your teeth healthy and strong, or it can contribute to tooth decay.

  • Too much citrus food can expose your teeth to too much acid, which can damage the enamel.
  • Sticky foods like dried fruit and caramel candy can stick to your teeth and cause decay. If you eat these foods, rinse your mouth out immediately after eating.
  • Coffee and tea can stain your teeth and dry out your mouth. Drinking coffee through a straw is one way to prevent staining.
  • Alcohol can dry out your mouth and red wine can stain your teeth.
  • Chewing on hard things like ice cubes can damage your enamel.
  • Drinking soda and sugary juices can contribute to plaque buildup and tooth decay.

 

Schedule an appointment with Mount Pleasant Dental Care to learn more about taking care of your teeth.