As it is rightly said “you are what you eat”, our diet reflects in our overall health. Along with regular brushing and flossing, a good diet keeps your teeth healthy and prolongs their function.
Consuming too many sweetened drinks and not limiting the consumption of snacks can increase the risk and incidences of tooth decay. The sweet food items and drinks give out acidic end products in the mouth that increase tooth destruction and result in tooth decay. It increases the chances of acid attack on teeth and hence more cavities.
Always make a record of your meals and snacks, plan it wisely.
Here are some tips for your ideal diet for healthy teeth:
Choose your snacks wisely: Always try to avoid non-nutritious snacks. Limit sugar-filled drinks and sticky candies or sweets. Switch to fresh fruits and vegetables in between meals and make your snack time a healthy snacking session.
Calcium-rich foods: Such as milk (low-fat), yogurt, salmon, green leafy vegetables promote healthy and strong teeth and gums.
Vitamin C: It is responsible for promoting gum health. Try and add plenty of Vitamin C sources that also include citrus fruits like oranges, potatoes, spinach, and broccoli.
Fiber-rich fruits and vegetables: According to ADA (American Dental Association), these food items help to keep the teeth clean and healthy. These include beans, broccoli, berries, avocados, popcorn, apples, dried fruits, etc.
Lean protein sources: These include fish, poultry, peas, legumes, etc.
Fluoride-rich foods: These include spinach, grapes, raisins, etc, help in keeping your teeth cavity-free.
Drink lots of water
Always rinse after meals: Rinsing after meals reduces the contact time of food debris with the tooth surface. It helps in the prevention of tooth decay by reducing the destruction of tooth structure by acid attack.