Protecting your teeth with your diet

From preventing tooth decay and gum disease to building healthier teeth and gums, the foods you eat daily affect your oral health. Here are a few tips from our expert staff on what foods are good for you and what you should avoid.

Not getting enough calcium in your diet forces your body to start pulling it from your teeth and bones putting you at an increased risk for tooth decay and gum disease. Make sure you are getting enough of this powerhouse mineral by eating plenty of dairy and other calcium-rich foods such as fish, broccoli, and kale to your diet.

Vitamin C
Another body must-have, Vitamin C is essential to repairing tissue and fighting infection. Add vitamin C to your diet by eating one piece of citrus fruit such as grapefruit, tangerines, oranges, or kiwi daily.

We say it all of the time but drinking water regularly is one of the best things you can do for your mouth and body. Not only does your body need it to function but it also helps rinse away bacteria and food remnants that lead to plaque and gum disease.

Fruits and vegetables
Adding crunchy fruits and vegetables such as carrots, celery, and apples to your diet provide double the benefit when it comes to healthy teeth. The texture wipes away plaque-causing bacteria and these foods require lots of chewing which helps with the production of saliva – another bacteria eliminator.

Learning what to eat and drink is just one step in ensuring good oral health. To keep your mouth in tip-top shape, make sure you are properly brushing and flossing at least two times per day and that you come in for regular cleanings at least twice a year.

If you are worried about tooth decay and gum disease or require cosmetic or restorative dental services, give us a call today at 573-243-5200 to schedule an appointment.