National Nutrition Month – Tips for a Healthy Smile
Most of you have heard the saying visit your dentist often or cut back on the sweets, but it is not stressed often enough to make a change. Healthy eating is essential for oral health! Nutrition has a direct impact on your teeth and gums. Poor nutrition may lead to tooth decay, cavities, and gum disease. Researchers have also linked oral diseases to diabetes, heart disease, stroke, and premature/low-weight births. Improving your family’s nutrition is a journey; here are some tips and information to help you along the way.
Watch the Food
Show your children how to look at the sugar content on food labels of some common foods. Sometimes surprising amounts of sugar are found in foods we might consider healthy, like yogurt, salad dressing, smoothies, and sports drinks. Making small changes on a regular basis can help reduce cavity-causing sugars. Substitutions can be a great way to reduce sugar.
- Add fruit to cereal or oatmeal
- Add a little honey to a low sugar yogurt option
- Freeze real fruit instead of a popsicle, i.e., kiwi slice
Beverages impact the sensitivity and the texture of the teeth. The enamel gets damaged from the beverages. Avoid Sodas and caffeinated drinks for a happier, healthier smile.
A bad nutrition can have impact on your overall health, in other words, you will have a deficit of certain necessary vitamins and minerals. This translates to you having a worse immune system, meaning that your mouth is prone to more diseases, such as gum disease. If left untreated, that can cause severe tooth loss, and in some cases, bone loss. Have no fear, though, as there are many foods and drinks that you can consume to balance out your diet.
Food and Drinks You Should Consume:
Apples and carrots are your fruits and vegetables of choice if you want to keep your teeth healthy and clean. They are sometimes called “nature’s toothbrush”, as they do have a tendency of cleaning your teeth, and the crevices in between them, of all the nasty food remains that might get stuck.
Almonds are great for your teeth because they are a good source of calcium and protein while being low in sugar. Enjoy a quarter cup of almonds with your lunch. You can also add a handful to a salad or to a stir-fry dinner.
Along with adding more leafy greens, dairy products and fibrous vegetables to your diet, pay attention to what you’re drinking. Since it has no calories or sugar, water is always the best pick, especially compared to juice or soda. Your diet makes a big difference when it comes to a healthy smile.
Regarding teeth, though, you do want to brush twice a day, especially after a big meal. Flossing also helps, and remember, visit your Dentist to discuss the type of right diet to balance your needs and wellness.