Nutrition and Oral Health

Nutrition and Oral Health

Keeping a balanced diet is important for your oral health and breath freshness, in addition to your physical fitness.

Food for Teeth and Overall Health 

Choosing a diet high in wholesome, unprocessed foods that is low in sugar and starch is a wise choice. While low or non-fat foods are frequently laden with sugar, even ones that don’t taste sweet, pre-packaged foods frequently include significant levels of these two culprits. Juices can have just as much sugar as sodas or sports drinks, and the same is true for packaged drinks.

Here are some suggestions for foods that promote a healthy smile and fresh breath:

  • Cheese: Hard, yellow cheeses help cleanse the mouth and produce saliva, which fights off cavity-causing bacteria. Cheese is also a great source of calcium for strong teeth.
  • Plain club soda or seltzer: Carbonation in water is not harmful to tooth enamel, contrary to popular belief. Just be sure to avoid brands that contain citric acid, which can be damaging.
  • Carrots: Sweet and crunchy, carrots provide a healthy workout for the teeth and jaw, making them a great vegetable option for kids and adults alike.
  • Unsweetened coconut water: Rich in potassium and a healthier alternative to sugary drinks, be sure to choose a brand without added sugar.
  • Water: The ultimate natural breath freshener, water has no mystery ingredients and can be infused with fruit for added flavor. However, avoid citrus fruits high in acid.
  • Nuts: Dry-roasted or raw peanuts, walnuts, almonds, and cashews stimulate saliva production, helping to cleanse the mouth and prevent acidic erosion of tooth enamel.
  • Lettuce wrap: A healthy sandwich alternative that’s free of starchy and sugary bread, try rolling turkey, cucumber, and mustard in a big leaf of iceberg or romaine lettuce.
  • Apples: This fruit acts as a natural breath freshener and also helps to clean the teeth. Consider it an edible toothbrush.
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