Eating the right kind of food is as critical as brushing and flossing your teeth daily. It is important to understand that without the essential nutrients, your teeth and gums can become susceptible to cavities, decay, gum disease and many other serious dental issues. Read our dental tips to maintain good oral health.
Nutritional tips for good dental health
- Drink plenty of water
- Eat a food from each of the five major food groups such as:
- Whole grains
- Lean protein such as lean beef, skinless poultry and fish
- Dry beans, peas and other legumes
- Low-fat and fat-free dairy foods
- Limit the number of snacks you eat. The foods that are eaten as part of a meal cause less harm to teeth than eating snacks throughout the day. If you do snack, choose something that is healthy like:
- Raw vegetables
- Plain milk or yogurt
- Nuts, sunflower or pumpkin seeds
- Reduce sugar consumption. Read the ingredients on food packaging. Honey, molasses, liquid invert sugar, glucose and fructose are all types of sugar.
- Try to choose sugar-free snacks
- Add less sugar to coffee or tea (or use sugar substitutes)
- Avoid sugar-sweetened soft drinks
- Look for fruit juices and drinks with no added sugar
Watch this video to learn more dental tips for strong teeth and healthy gums.
In addition to eating a healthy and nutritious diet and practicing good oral hygiene, you should make it a point to visit your dentist regularly. That is the most valuable dental tip we can offer.
Regular checkups can help prevent problems before they occur, or identify them in the early stages when they are easier to treat.