Our diet and nutrition play a bigger role in maintaining a good oral health than most of us imagine. Without strong teeth and healthy gums, we are not able to enjoy our nutritious food. Our diet influences the development of our teeth and the jaws in the childhood and as adults with all our teeth in place, what we eat plays a big role in maintaining our dental and oral health. If we don’t take care of our teeth, tooth decay and gum disease with all their consequences will be the result.
There is a long list of nutrients which are important to keep your teeth and the gums healthy, and if you are doing your grocery, you need to know what food to buy.
So to make it easy to understand, all what you need to do is:
- Eat mostly whole and nutrient-dense foods that provides a lot of calcium, phosphorus, magnesium, vitamin K and vitamin D, like leafy green vegetables, nuts, seeds, hard aged cheeses, plain yogurt, meats, beans, mushrooms, fish, eggs, etc;
- Eat some raw, crunchy fruits and vegetables (apples, carrots, bell peppers, etc.) every day as they are not only containing healthy nutrient substances, but also most of them help removing the adherent plaque layer from the surface of your teeth;
- Limit or avoid most foods and beverages which are processed and are high on added sugars, including sodas, fruit juices and energy drinks, candies, etc;
- Maintain a lean, healthy body composition as excess body fat can promote poor systemic health, including oral health. Here is very important to exercise regularly.