Your dentist or hygienist may have explained the importance of proper nutrition to support good oral health. You know that one thing you must avoid is sugar, but that’s only part of the picture.
Every day we learn more about the effect that oral health has on the body, it’s clear that there’s a lot more involved with a healthy diet than avoiding sugar. It’s also critical to understand all the pieces that make up a picture of “good nutrition” so you can make appropriate choices.
Beware of Hidden Sugars
Bacteria that lead to decay prefer sucrose, which is found in table sugar, honey, and corn syrup. But fructose, lactose, and glucose all support the growth of bacteria. Just reading ingredient labels can help you make better food choices and reduce your risk of decay.
Choose Fresh Fruits and Vegetables
Switching out sugary snacks for fruits and vegetables is a good idea. Even though these foods contain carbohydrates that lead to bacteria, their high fiber content helps keep teeth clean and protect against cavities.
Go Easy on Your Teeth
Protecting your oral health includes avoiding foods that are damaging to your teeth. And as it turns out, foods like yogurt, cheese, and meats tend to be better nutritional choices
Supplements That Support Oral Health
As it turns out, there are many supplements you can take that support good oral health. For instance, calcium and magnesium have both been shown to help support healthy growth of bone that supports your teeth and coenzyme Q10 promotes cell growth that supports faster gum healing. Before taking any supplements, however, please check with your doctor first.
Call Your Boise, ID Dentist to Learn More!
Here at Atlantis Dental, in Boise, ID we believe in educating you about all aspects of your oral health so you can make more appropriate choices and avoid future problems. If you would like to learn more, please give us a call, and we will be happy to schedule an appointment to talk about your specific needs.