How what you eat Impacts your Teeth

how what you eat impacts your teethRoyal Oak and Birmingham, MI

The first thing that comes to mind when thinking of oral health is the basics: flossing, brushing, and routine cleanings. But, did you know what you eat can impact oral health too? Of course, your dentist wants you to stick to the basics, as well. “Have you flossed today?” Just kidding, we’re not here to nag you, but simply inform! As a culture, dieting and clean eating are becoming more prominent ways of getting that ideal body, but did you know that you can also protect your gums from the same practices?

By incorporating immune boosting foods, you could improve your oral health. According to an article by knowyourteeth.com, “Research shows a link between oral health and systemic conditions, such as diabetes and cardiovascular disease. So eating a variety of foods as part of a well-balanced diet may not only improve your dental health, but increasing fiber and vitamin intake may also reduce the risk of other diseases.” Foods rich in Vitamin C such as oranges, red peppers, kale, and brussel sprouts can help strengthen blood vessels, produce collagen to help fight periodontal disease, and can reduce inflammation. A few surprising, yet delicious immune boosting foods include garlic, shellfish, and sunflower seeds.

When you think of Vitamin C, is fruit the first thing to come to mind? It’s for sure the first thing to pop in our minds, but it is important to be cautious of how you are consuming those vitamin-packed, delicious fruits. Although a seemingly healthy option, steer clear of dried fruit. The sugar count is normally high and can often hurt your oral health. Also, canned fruit is a no go. Yes, it is easier and cheaper, but the sugar from the syrup tends to be too much for those pearly whites, increasing your risk of tooth decay. Fresh fruit is always the way to go, it’s delicious, juicy, and benefits your total health.

Adding more fresh fruits and veggies into your diet can be easier than you realize. Fresh fruit smoothies are simple, refreshing, and healthy for your mouth and body. You can even add a handful of your favorite greens for an added punch of antioxidants and vitamins. You might be surprised that your kids may also enjoy this delicious treat. Plus, it is a simple, fuss-free way of getting them to eat more fresh fruit.

Creating a well-balanced diet is one step toward a healthier mouth and body but don’t forget the most important part of oral health – routine check-ups and cleanings. To begin your journey of complete oral health, reach out to Hamilton Dental Care today!

Hamilton Dental Care helps create beautiful smiles that fit the needs of every patient in Bloomsburg, PA and surrounding areas including Danville and Lewisburg. All restorative treatments provided by Dr. Joel Hamilton and Dr. David Hamilton is not only functional but focus on cosmetics as well. With Hamilton Dental Care, you are part of the family. You can schedule your next consultation by calling 570-387-0533.

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