A Healthy Diet for Healthy Teeth

August 14, 2017Diana Lengerson


When we think about what we eat, we often immediately think about our waistlines. We focus on what goes into our mouths, but never really how what eat might affect the health of our trusty food holes. Unsurprisingly, diet plays a major role in your oral health and is one of the easiest things to adjust when it comes to improving your smile. Sure, we all know that too much sugar is bad for teeth, but when it comes to what you eat and your oral health, it gets a lot more complicated than just saying no that candybar.

Toothsome Cravings

Your teeth are bones. This is really bizarre to think about because we always link bones to being concealed by skin, muscle, and fat. So those foods that are good for your bones, are great for your teeth! These are foods that are high in calcium and protein. Think dark, leafy greens, dairy products (be wary of these, as milk and yogurt are high in sugar), and almonds. The calcium and protein help to promote cell growth and strengthen enamel, keeping our teeth strong.

A Hostile Environment

Your teeth need a little more care than your other bones though, because they live in one hostile environment. Our mouths are subject to scads of bacteria, degrading acids, and intense temperature changes all on a daily basis. Aside from brushing and flossing, there are a few other things we can do throughout the day to give our teeth a hand. Eating cheese helps to neutralize acids in our mouth that break down enamel and yogurt’s probiotics push out bad bacteria and replace it with good. High fiber crunchy foods such as apples, celery, and carrots are akin to brushing your teeth. They scrape off bacteria and increase saliva production that aids in washing bacteria away.

A Little Extra Help

Unfortunately, not everything about a healthy smile can be achieved through your diet, sometimes your chompers require a little extra help to be the best they can be. Having straight teeth and a properly aligned jaw help make cleaning and caring for your teeth easier, eliminating any nooks and crannies for bacteria to hide and thrive in. It also aids in proper digestion and nutrient absorption, proper speech, and helps to prevent teeth related injury like chipping teeth or Temporomandibular Jaw (TMJ) disease. Having a straight and beautiful smile is good for you!

Getting that straight, beautiful smile requires the professional expertise of an orthodontist. If you are one of those people who sees dollar signs and braces when they hear “orthodontia,” stop! There are alternatives to standard run-of-the-mill braces and most insurance will cover at least a portion of your treatment, while orthodontia offices have payment plans to fit your budget. Orthodontia is an investment that will last a lifetime if you look after your teeth and your oral health is worth it. If you are in the greater Toronto area, Richmond Hill Orthodontics can help straighten you out. You take care of your body, why not do the most for your teeth as well?




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