- December 19, 2016
Dr. DiGiallorenzo and the team at the LANAP & Implant Center believe in taking a whole-body approach to your health care and that includes your nutritional health. Diet can play a large role in the health and beauty of your smile. Let’s take a look at some of the foods that help your smile and some of the foods that can hurt your smile.
For information tailored to your specific needs, call us at 610-228-4366 to reach our Collegeville, PA dental office or call 570-505-6908 to reach our dental office in Williamsport, PA.
Smile Friendly Foods
Cheese and yogurt are great for your teeth. Not only are they a good source of calcium, but cheese has actually been shown to raise your mouth’s pH. This benefits you because it reduces your risk of tooth decay. Yogurt can be filled with probiotics – good bacteria – that can help keep the bad bacteria in your mouth in check. Just be sure that the yogurt you choose isn’t loaded with sugar.
Vitamin D and calcium are a team. To better absorb the calcium that can make your teeth strong and healthy, you should seek out foods that are rich in vitamin D like fish and egg yolks.
The next time you get the urge to snack, you should reach for carrots and apples – they’re nature’s toothbrush. Filled with fiber, these crunchy treats can stimulate your gums. Because they increase your mouth’s natural saliva production, they also help rinse leftover bits of food off your teeth.
You know that eating your veggies are good for you, but did you know it’s also good for your teeth? Stringy celery acts as natural floss to get at the bits of food between your teeth. Leafy green veggies like spinach and kale are packed with calcium and good-for-you folic acid.
This one might be surprising, but cranberries can help with your oral health. Some studies have shown that fresh cranberries block bacteria from building up on your teeth, so it can’t turn into plaque.
Smile Threatening Foods
Soda – and that includes diet soda – will always top the list of foods that are bad for your teeth. Not only does it fill your mouth with sugar, the carbonation eats away at the enamel of your teeth. Coffee and red wine can make your smile look dull and dingy. They are well known for the way they can stain your teeth. It’s best to just stick to drinking water.
Candy, sticky or hard, it’s all bad for your teeth. Sticky candy can get stuck between your teeth and in the grooves of the biting surface of your teeth. This can lead to tooth decay and cavities. Hard candy is bad for your teeth because biting into a piece could cause you to fracture your tooth.
Crackers and potato chips are carbs that break down into sugars once in your mouth. Be sure to floss after eating these snacks to help ward off gum disease and tooth decay. If you can’t floss, rinse with water to get by until you get home.
Acidic foods like tomatoes and pickles are known to eat away at the enamel of your teeth. Be sure to enjoy these in moderation and with plenty of water. Even citrus fruits like oranges and lemons should be enjoyed with caution. Dentists recommend waiting 30-minutes after having a glass of orange juice to give your saliva a chance to break down some of the acid, so the effects are exacerbated by your toothbrushing.
Other Smile Health Tips
Outside of diet, another thing you can do to really give the health of your smile a boost is to quit smoking. Smoking:
- Increases your risk for oral cancer
- Can lead to severe gum disease
- Can stain your teeth
- Can make your treatments less effective
Quitting smoking can be hard. That’s why we offer our patients a smoking cessation program. So, in addition to helping you eat right with nutritional therapy, we can be that extra support you need to kick smoking. We can also treat your gum disease with advanced laser technology called LANAP. Your gum disease can be treated in as little as one visit without any cutting or stitches necessary.
Dr. DiGiallorenzo is a modern dentist who understands the importance of traditional medicine and holistic healing. To take advantage of both, call us at 610-228-4366 to reach our Collegeville, PA dental office or call 570-505-6908 to reach our dental office in Williamsport, PA.