Your diet can have an effect on your oral health. Sweet and sticky foods like candy, soft drinks, desserts and dried fruits can stick to your teeth and along the gum line. The sugars in these foods promotes tooth decay and gum disease. Highly acidic foods can also damage the mineral crystal structure of tooth enamel on a microscopic level.
Foods that are high in calcium such as cheese, milk, plain yogurt, leafy greens and certain types of tree nuts can have a positive impact on the strength of your teeth. The same is true for foods that are high in protein and phosphorus like lean meats, poultry, fish, milk and eggs can also help strengthen and fortify tooth enamel.
Fruits and vegetables that are high in fiber can stimulate saliva production to help wash away harmful bacteria and residual food particles. Many of these fruits and vegetables are high in vitamin A and vitamin C, which can help fight infection and slow the bacteria’s ability to cause gum disease.
If you have questions about what foods might be beneficial for your oral health, please feel free to call us at 252.355.4070 to schedule an appointment. We look forward to helping you maximize your long term oral health!