Our diet can have a huge impact on how well our bodies function, and that includes our teeth. What is good for your body is usually good for your teeth. Given that our diet when we are young has a huge influence on how our teeth develop as adults, it is never too early to start eating a healthy diet and practicing good oral hygiene. So, what exactly is a dental diet and how will it improve your oral health?
A dental diet system is a nutrition plan that your dentist will design and implement in order to improve your dental health. Consuming unprocessed, real, whole foods that nourish your body will also nourish your teeth, not to mention that a healthy body is also better able at fighting off illnesses and viruses that can lead to oral health issues. Additionally, people that have more than 25 teeth have been proven to eat more nutrient dense foods and be healthier overall.
If you need more convincing on how important healthy eating is on our oral health, chew on this: the condition of our gums and teeth can usually signal other health issues like diabetes, IBS, cardiovascular disease, and even arthritis. In many cases, dentists are able to diagnose or bring these types of issues to attention before a doctor does. Since the cells in our mouths renew themselves every 3-7 days, nutritional problems are detectable in oral tissue long before they are noticeable anywhere else in our bodies. Our teeth truly are the windows to our health.
So, what type of foods should you and your family be consuming on a regular basis to prevent malnutrition and promote oral health?
Foods that are high in protein, calcium, phosphorous, zinc, antioxidants, folate, iron, vitamin A, omega3 fatty acids, vitamin D, and vitamin B are great for your teeth. Freshwater fish like salmon, as well as beans and nuts provide healthy protein and fats. Leafy green veggies like spinach, broccoli, brussel sprouts, kale, and parsley are loaded with the essential vitamins and minerals you and your teeth need. Using toothpaste and mouthwash that contains fluoride will also be beneficial. Fluoride helps to keep our teeth and bones from calcifying by allowing our bodies to absorb the calcium instead of letting it build up, which leads to arthritis and other conditions.
You should also avoid processed foods and sugars that attack the enamel and corrode teeth. Consuming too many calories is another way diet has a direct impact on the health of your teeth and gums. Obesity can lead to the buildup of excess fat tissue in your oral cavities such as your cheeks, lips, or salivary glands that can lead to a host of oral problems.
All in all, your teeth, gums, and mouth are part of your body, and it needs enough quality nutrition in order to function correctly. Nourish it by eating a healthy diet and reaching out to your dentist to create a customized eating plan that suits your specific needs and lifestyle.