Smile-friendly nutrition for the New Year

As we welcome the new year, many of us embark on journeys to improve our health and well-being. While resolutions often revolve around exercise and diet, one aspect that is frequently overlooked is the impact of nutrition on our oral health.  

Here are some ways to add smile-friendly foods and beverages into your new year’s diet. 

Add fruits and veggies to your diet 

Embrace the natural goodness of fresh fruits and vegetables. They are not only beneficial for your overall health but contribute to a healthier smile. Crunchy fruits and vegetables such as apples, carrots and celery can also help clean plaque from teeth. 

Look for calcium-rich foods 

Incorporate dairy products such as low-fat yogurt, cheese and milk into your diet to boost your calcium intake. Calcium is essential for strong teeth and bones. Vegetables such as broccoli and collard greens are also rich in calcium and can contribute to a brighter smile by strengthening tooth enamel. 

Stay hydrated  

Water is extremely important for our overall health, as our bodies are approximately 60% water. But did you know staying hydrated is also vital for maintaining oral health? Hydration aids in saliva production, which plays a crucial role in maintaining a healthy pH balance in your mouth. It also helps wash away food particles and bacteria, reducing the risk of cavities. 

Choose whole grains 

Swap refined carbohydrates for whole grains to support your oral health. Whole grains, such as brown rice, quinoa and whole wheat, contain essential nutrients like B vitamins and iron that contribute to gum health.  

Choose lean proteins  

Include lean protein sources in your diet, such as poultry, fish and legumes. Proteins are essential for tissue repair, including the tissues in your mouth. This helps maintain the integrity of your gums and other oral structures, contributing to a healthier and more resilient smile. 

Limit sugar 

It’s equally important to be mindful of what to avoid in your diet. Limit your intake of sugary and acidic foods and beverages, as they can contribute to tooth decay and erosion.  

Start the new year right by scheduling regular dental appointments and cleanings! Call Jackson Dental at (573) 243-5200 or stop by our office at 3100 E Jackson Blvd., Jackson, Mo., to get an appointment scheduled.