A Well-Balanced Diet Helps Keep Teeth Bright and Healthy

  • June 15, 2017

dentist Sterling Heights

A healthy, well-balanced diet can do more than reduce your visits to the doctor’s office. It can also reduce your visits to the family dentist. Fruits and vegetables, milk, and other mainstays of a good diet help bolster your immune system, keep your teeth strong, and prevent gum disease.

The Tooth-Healthy Diet

To keep your teeth healthy, you should be sure to eat plenty of fruits and vegetables as well as milk and other dairy products. Fruits and vegetables help support your immune system, which in turn helps your body heal more quickly and thoroughly if you develop gum disease or have other problems with your teeth. Milk contains calcium and potassium—minerals that can actually help your body heal minor damage to the teeth before it can develop into cavities.

A good diet also means your immune system will be at its best so you can fight off infection, such as that which develops into gingivitis or severe forms of gum disease. Of course, you still need to brush and floss regularly and see your family dentist on a regular basis to ensure the best possible dental health. But maintaining a good diet gives you a better chance of avoiding problems with both your dental health and your health overall.

Foods to Avoid

In addition to eating all the right foods, you can help protect your teeth by avoiding the wrong foods. Some foods that can be detrimental to your dental health include:

  • Sugary foods and beverages
  • Sticky, chewy foods
  • Hard foods
  • Foods with a high acid content

Sugary foods encourage the growth of the bacteria that cause cavities, and sticky foods will cling to your teeth, also encouraging bacterial growth. Sticky foods can also adhere to a filling or crown and dislodge it. Biting into hard foods like hard candies can causing chips or cracks that require restoration procedures. Acid eats through the enamel—if you eat large amounts of citrus fruits or extremely sour candies, the acid can do severe, permanent damage to the outer layers of your teeth. If you have questions about what foods you should avoid, be sure to talk to your family dentist.

Contact our office at Forever Young Dentistry today to schedule an appointment!