Tips to keep your teeth strong with healthy foods in Clearwater, FL
How many times have you heard the old trope, “You are what you eat”?
This cliché arguably does not ring more accurately than when we at Natural Dentistry talk about nutrition for your dental health.
As biological and holistic dentists, Dr. Beata A. Carlson and her associates understand that nutrition is a “must-have” to keep or restore teeth and gum health.
In doing so, systemic conditions are better managed or avoided. From detox following mercury filling removal to remineralization of damaged teeth, what you eat (or do not eat) can either help or hinder your oral health.
Tips to Keep Teeth Strong with Healthy Foods in Clearwater, FL
No. 1 – Consider the composition of your teeth
At 96% mineral content, the enamel that protects your teeth is the most mineralized substance in the human body. The three minerals primarily present in your teeth and bones include, of course, calcium and phosphate and hydroxide. Calcium-rich foods span the usual suspects (dairy products) and seeds like chia, sesame, and poppy. Nuts like almonds and beans like edamame are also good choices to incorporate into your diet. Even some leafy greens, such as spinach and collard greens, account for up to 25% of your daily calcium needs.
Foods high in phosphate include an array of bread and cereals, such as bran, muesli, English muffins, and proteins like tofu, eggs, and cashews.
No. 2 – Eat for the gums that support your teeth
You cannot have healthy teeth with damaged gums. As soft mucous membranes, gum tissues that hug the teeth right protect the roots from decay and help to hold teeth in place. Vitamin A and Vitamin C strengthen and keep soft tissues and mucous membranes healthy. Good sources of these vitamins include citrus fruits lower in acid; for instance, oranges have comparatively less acidic than lemons and limes. Also, reach for carrots and (once again!) leafy greens.
No. 3 – Know foods to limit or indulge in sparingly
Generally, foods that are not friendly to your teeth and supportive gums are high in sugar and sticky.
When we talk about sticky foods, we are not just referring to sweets like caramels; we are also referring to starches. These may be considered “healthy” (like unsalted pretzels). Still, starches can create a paste-like mixture that promotes harmful dental plaque growth, not to mention they can get stuck on and in between your teeth.
At Natural Dentistry, we look at the whole picture, not just your dental health. Everything we do is to improve your overall health as well!
Schedule your nutritional consult at Natural Dentistry in Clearwater, FL, today. Call 727-888-6929. Our holistic dentists may also provide recommendations on naturopathic products and supplements to assure you are getting all of the vitamins and minerals that your body needs.