Tips For A Smile-Friendly Diet [BLOG]
Your smile is the first thing people notice about you. That’s one of the reasons it’s so important to take care of your teeth and gums. When your oral health suffers, it can devastate your smile, and consequently, your self-esteem.
At the LANAP & Implant Center, every single day we see the life changing benefits a healthy, beautiful smile can have on a person. It’s why we’re so proud of our team of specialists who have the knowledge and experience to turn patients’ oral health around and improve their overall quality of life.
How do our patients find themselves in a position where they need our expert care and intervention to get their oral health back on track? It can be for a number of reasons, actually.
Regular dental cleanings and exams and a good oral hygiene routine are essential in keeping your teeth and gums healthy. But there’s so much more to it than that. Letting dental problems go untreated, for example, can start a domino effect of other, more serious problems with your periodontal health.
Another reason might be because of nutrition. In our Collegeville and Williamsport dental offices, we take a unique approach to dental care that centers on a patient’s total health. That means offering treatments that promote wellness in every area, not just in your mouth. It’s why we offer nutritional therapy so you can have the right tools and information to take their diet from one that endangers their smile to one that strengthens it.
Here’s what we mean!
What You Eat Affects Your Teeth
Healthy mouth happens from the inside out. Just like nutrition affects your overall health, what you eat affects your teeth and gums. Your mouth is under attack all day long from a host of factors from what you eat and drink, to your stress level, to oral hygiene, bacteria, and the list goes on. By eating nutrient-rich foods, you’ll have cleaner, stronger, healthier teeth and gums.
Eat These Foods For A Healthy Smile
Apples And Celery
You might be wondering why we’d lump a fruit and a vegetable together. It’s because they can offer similar benefits for your smile.
The first benefit is their texture. Apples, often called Nature’s Toothbrush, provide the kind of texture that help to scrub your teeth clean as you eat them. The waxy skin and the crunchy inside clean your teeth of harmful bacteria and acids that eat away at your teeth.
Eating celery does much the same thing. It’s water-based and stringy once it’s chewed, which help wash away harmful particles, even from hard to reach areas of your mouth.
Both apples and celery are crunchy, as well, which encourages saliva production. This gives your mouth another bit of added self-cleaning power. Also, you get healthy antioxidants like vitamins A and C for stronger teeth from snacking on them.
Cheese And Yogurt
Here’s a food combination that might make more sense. Calcium and protein you find in dairy products are essential in promoting healthy bone growth and strong tooth enamel. Yogurt is a great source of probiotics, which refers to the good bacteria in your gut. Probiotics fight bad bacteria and protect your gums in the process.
Hard cheeses have the same saliva boosting benefits as apples and celery, which help keep your teeth clean naturally. Cheese also helps balance your body’s pH levels, which counteracts harmful acids in your mouth from attacking tooth enamel and causing tooth decay.
If you are lactose intolerant or prefer a dairy-free diet for whatever reason, you’re in luck. Calcium and protein are also found in almonds, which are an incredibly healthy, smile-friendly snack. They’re also very low in sugar, and any time you can cut sugar from your diet, the better off your teeth and gums due to how sugar feeds bad bacteria in your mouth.
Try Nutritional Therapy At The LANAP & Implant Center
Want to know more about how nutrition affects your smile? Take advantage of our nutritional therapy and learn more ways to improve your oral and overall health at the LANAP & Implant Center!