When it comes to dentistry, the right diet will keep your teeth strong, and increase your overall health and wellness
We all know how important it is to eat the right foods in order to better our overall health, but did you know the same is true for our teeth? Dentistry doesn’t operate in a vacuum, so we need to know which foods are helpful and which are harmful.
In an age when a lot of foods have high doses of sugars and preservatives which are harmful to both our general and oral health, we need to know which is which. Bonfire Dental believes overall health and wellness play a big role in a healthy dental profile so let’s have a look at some dietary tips which will help in achieving this.
Which nutrients do we need for healthy teeth, gums and better general wellness?
There is a vast number of nutrients we can include in our diet to ensure we obtain overall dental, and general health. These nutrients can be found in almost all food groups, though they probably won’t be found in your favourite chocolates or take away – sorry!
These are the nutrients we’re looking for and where to find them.
Calcium – Calcium is important to the integrity of our teeth and can also help with regenerating the enamel which protects our teeth from harm. Calcium can be found in most dairy products such as milk, yoghurt and cheese. But no, it’s not in chocolate, unfortunately.
Iron – There are many nutrients which will strengthen the connective tissues in your mouth and iron is one of them. We can find iron in red meats, spinach, broccoli, nuts, seeds and even dried fruit.
Vitamin C – Several parts of your mouth are improved when Vitamin C is prevalent in our diets such as protecting against infection, strengthening of the periodontal ligament, as well as the other connective tissues in your gums. We can find this gem of a vitamin in all citrus fruits, strawberries, green peppers and even potatoes.
Protein – Who doesn’t love a bit of protein? Most of our favourite foods contain protein. It contributes to stronger structure, protection against infection and development of the connective tissue. We can find it in poultry, eggs, pork, beef, seafood, and more.
Which foods to avoid in the quest for general wellness and better dental health
Food with high sugar levels
Ah yes, sugar; everyone’s favourite enemy! Now we aren’t saying no sugar allowed, but what you can do is eliminate sugars that are bad for your overall wellness. Sugar is the driving force behind the growth of bacteria in our mouth, which in turn, creates cavities. If you can’t avoid sugar, at least don’t let it linger and either brush 20 minutes after meals or ensure you are drinking water frequently throughout the day. To avoid sugar steer clear of jams, deserts, sweets, cereal and…sugar.
Foods high in starch
Recently, refined carbs have come under the spotlight for causing a multitude of health issues, but they can also cause serious damage to your teeth and gums. This is because they literally transform into sugar and can wreak havoc in your mouth and body. Foods which are high in starch include pasta, corn, potatoes and white bread.
For more information on your overall wellbeing, or to book an appointment with the Bonfire Team, contact us today.