How Nutrition Affects The Teeth

How Nutrition Affects The Teeth

Teeth are of great importance, because thanks to them, we can feed ourselves. Therefore they are of great importance for the digestion process; people who are missing one or more teeth cannot chew their food properly, resulting in digestive problems. They are also of great importance for speech since, without teeth, we could not articulate words correctly. Another critical point is aesthetics and the smile that we show people. It would help if you had regular check-ups with a dentist, as they can flag up any issues. Here is how nutrition can affect your dental health.

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Nutrition for healthy teeth

When talking about mouth care, oral hygiene takes center stage, but food for healthy teeth should also be emphasized. Thus, there are a series of foods that allow us to strengthen our teeth and gums without forgetting that, in a way, they fight the bacteria that accumulate in dental plaque. Specifically, they are all those that have vitamins C and A, fluoride, and calcium in their composition. Fruits such as orange, lemon, grapefruit, and the like take care of the gums and help us prevent gingivitis and periodontitis. Of course, we must moderate their consumption since they also have acids that can affect tooth enamel, making them more susceptible to developing cavities and erosions or wear. On the other hand, foods rich in fluorides, such as carrots, bananas, apples, strawberries, or grapes, help minimize tooth decay risk. They represent an extra fluoride supplement to receive by ingesting fluoridated tap water.  Likewise, oily fish is also an additional source of fluoride. Calcium is another essential component for the development of healthy teeth and proper bone mineralization of the jaws. Milk and all its derivatives provide it in the diet. In this regard, it should be noted that for calcium to be assimilated, vitamin D, present in eggs and milk, is needed. Also, magnesium is provided by foods such as nuts or wheat germ. If you are lactose intolerant, then almond and oat milks do offer a level of calcium that helps the teeth. Finally, it is essential to remember that all foods that need to be well chewed, such as meat, bread, or apples, stimulate saliva secretion, an essential process as it provides defensive substances to prevent oral diseases. Also, chewing promotes self-cleaning of the oral cavity.

Beware of 'light' sodas and alcohol

Despite reducing their sugar content, some soft drinks continue to maintain their levels of acidic components, thereby deteriorating the tooth enamel. Stop children from using straws when it isn’t needed as kids tend to play with them and chew on the plastic. Use bamboo instead, this can minimize their harmful effect. Its content in colorants also favors the darkening of the teeth. Also, it is necessary to avoid consuming sodas at night, since at that time, the formation of saliva decreases, which contains elements that neutralize its erosive acidity. Be sure to take good care of your teeth and listen to the advice of your dentist for a smile that will last you a lifetime and boost your confidence!

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