Nutrition and Health
In addition to brushing and flossing, a healthful diet protects teeth from decay and keeps the gums healthy. Choosing a healthy diet may sound easy, however, fruits, milk, cereals, bread and some vegetables contain sugars and/or starches. Carbonated sodas, sweet fruit drinks, and sugary snack foods should be limited.
Maintaining Healthy Teeth
To maintain healthy teeth and a healthy mouth, you can take the following steps:
- Brush and floss your teeth daily.
- Visit your dental professional regularly to have your mouth and teeth examined. See your dental professional immediately if you notice any problems.
- Eat a healthy diet.
- Do not smoke. If you do smoke, make sure to visit your dental professional regularly.
- If you are pregnant, be sure to eat healthy foods and maintain good oral health.
- Brush your children’s teeth for them, until they have the dexterity to write their own name (not print). They should then be able to brush their own teeth with your guidance.
It is important to maintain the health of your mouth and teeth throughout your lifetime.
Helpful Foods for Prevent Cavities
You can protect your teeth by concluding meals with foods that do not promote cavities and may even prevent them. For instance, aged cheeses help prevent cavities if consumed at the end of a meal. Chewing sugarless gum stimulates the flow of saliva, which decreases acid and flushes out food particles. Rinsing your mouth and brushing your teeth after eating are important strategies to prevent cavities.
Healthy Snacks that Don’t Attack Teeth
- Celery and carrot snacks with hommous or avocado dip
- Vegemite crackers with cheese
- Plain yogurt, fresh fruit, and nuts
Diet Tips for Healthy Teeth and Gums
Consume Plenty Of:
- Calcium-rich foods, such as low-fat milk, yogurt, and cheese
- Fresh fruits and vegetables for vitamins A and C, and for chewing in order to promote healthy gums
- Tea, which is a good source of fluoride
- Dried fruits and other sticky foods that lodge between the teeth
- Sweet drinks and snacks
- Steady sipping of acidic drinks for prolonged periods
- Also remember, party food and drink is for special occasions not for everyday consumption, because they have more sugar than you need which destroy your teeth.
Dr. James G. Hood, DDS, PS.
Family and Cosmetic Dentistry
2510 N. Pines Road, Suite 206
Spokane Valley, WA 99206 USA
Phone: (509) 928-9100 Fax: (509) 928-0414
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