You probably already know the importance of brushing and flossing when it comes to taking care of the outside of your teeth, but have you ever thought about the role nutrition plays in nourishing them from within? Your food choices can have a direct impact on your oral health.
A properly functioning immune system is a key ally in the prevention of tooth decay and gum disease. You may not realize it, but these conditions are actually a result of inflammation and infection in your mouth. When your immune system is in good shape, chances are your teeth and gums will be too. By supplying it with a well-balanced diet of nutrient dense foods, you’re actually helping your smile at the same time. Immune-boosting foods include:
- Yogurt that contains live active cultures (probiotic)
- Cruciferous vegetables like broccoli, kale and cabbage
- Selenium-rich shellfish
- Ginger root
- Green tea
- Citrus, apples, carrots and beans
In addition to adding nutritious foods to your diet, there are some foods that you should eliminate from your diet. Sweets, starchy foods and carbonated beverages can all cause damage to the enamel of your teeth opening the door for tooth decay to attack.
Following a healthy eating plan is a great way to improve your oral health. This, along with daily brushing and flossing, will help your visits to our office be for preventative purposes only.
If you suspect you may already have gum disease, it’s time to schedule a comprehensive oral exam before it causes tooth and bone loss. Our board-certified periodontists use the latest diagnostic tools and procedures to ensure that you have your healthiest, most beautiful smile possible. Call to schedule your appointment today.