You all must have heard of weight loss and fat loss diet to keep your body in shape. But, do you know that along with your body and looks you should also check your dental health and hygiene?
Only brushing two times a day won’t do your job. It’s much more than that. However, it’s not that difficult either. Only some precautions from your side will go a long way in keeping your dental hygiene healthy.
For e.g. – a routine dental examination with your dentist is a must to keep your dental health in check.
What you eat not only affects your teeth but also your gums. You should be careful as to what goes in your mouth so that you prevent tooth decay and gum disease. While a rich diet comprising of fruits and vegetables, whole grains, proteins and unsaturated fats will benefit your overall health, there are some few specific foods which can also be beneficial for your dental well-being.
We now give you some insights on a good diet for your teeth-
- Teeth and Calcium
This one’s as important as it gets. Calcium for teeth is necessary at all the stages of a person’s life. Even as a toddler, a teenager, a young adult or a senior citizen. It is a vital ingredient all throughout your life. Not only it is important in your growing up years but also important when you get your wisdom teeth.
A diet rich in calcium will protect your teeth decay. A diet lacking in calcium will lead to decay and cavities. Also, if you are not having adequate calcium it will raise your risk of periodontal (gum) disease as well. Plus having calcium has its own beneficial side. How? You don’t need to always consume calcium supplements every now and then. We give you a list of calcium rich foods:
- Vitamin C
Vitamin C is an essential ingredient to improve our immunity and fight against any infection. A deficiency in Vitamin C can lead to gum problems such as gingivitis. It is a type of periodontal disease which can lead to gum inflammation, swelling and bleeding of gums. While there are various gum treatments available now, the best way to go for it is keeping a tab on your diet and preventing them in the first place.
Vitamin C rich foods
- Citrus fruits
- Lemon juice
- Red Peppers
- Green Peppers
- Bring in the greens
Do you remember your mother telling you to finish off your plate consisting of the green vegetables? She can never be so right! Green leafy vegetables are not only important for your overall health but also your teeth. Vegetables wipe away the bacteria in your teeth by acting like a fibre. Also, consuming vegetables require a lot of chewing with saliva in your mouth. This saliva acts as a great medicine for your overall dental health.
Yeah! Surprised! Well then don’t be. It’s not your usual tea. We know that you can’t do with your morning cuppa of energy drink, but it can be dangerous in more ways than one. So, you can replace it with another option and have your drink too. Black and green tea can protect your teeth from bacteria.
While it is understood that you cannot keep a continuous tab on what to eat or what not to eat, we can somewhat minimize the intake of sugary foods.
Foods to avoid or minimize intake
- High sugar content such as candy, caramels.
- Soft drinks
- Acidic (fizzy) foods such as artificial fruit juices
- Starchy foods such as chips, pasta or bread.
Your dental health is of crucial importance. Small measures from your side will go a long way in keeping your teeth in good health.