Levens Family Dentistry wants you to have the healthiest smile possible. Part of caring for your teeth includes eating the right foods that keep your pearly whites healthy on the inside as well as the outside. Levens Family Dentistry discusses foods to eat for healthier teeth and gums.
General Dietary Guidelines
First, we recommend you follow general dietary guidelines as set forth by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration. Levens Family Dentistry believes you should eat foods from each of the five major food groups and drink plenty of water. Balance lean meats, dairy, whole grains, fruits, and vegetables. If you want to pay extra attention to healthy teeth and gums, boost your regular diet with specific types of foods.
Calcium works in combination with other vitamins and minerals, like vitamin D and phosphorus, to promote healthy teeth we see here at Levens Family Dentistry. Milk often has vitamin D along with calcium. Look for cheese and plain yogurt fortified with vitamin D to get the most benefits from calcium. For vegan options, check out calcium-fortified tofu, leafy greens, and almonds for vegetable sources that contain high amounts of calcium.
Foods high in protein, such as meat, poultry, milk, eggs, and fish, also contain phosphorus. This mineral works with calcium to protect and strengthen teeth. Seafood lovers can turn to scallops, sardines, cod, shrimp, tuna, and salmon to get more phosphorus. Vegans find phosphorus in soybeans, lentils, and pumpkin seeds.
Potassium improves the density of minerals in teeth. Get more potassium in your diet by eating bananas, lima beans, spinach, tomatoes, Swiss chard, avocados, prunes, and potatoes. Potassium also helps regulate blood flow, which improves your teeth in general. Levens Family Dentistry loves to see you take care of your teeth!
Vitamins A and C
Fruits contain plenty of vitamin C, an antioxidant that reduces inflammation and keeps your gums healthy. Vegetables are good choices for vitamin A because this nutrient improves your gums and quickly heals any wounds in your mouth.
Water and Fiber
Fruits and vegetables are high in both fiber and water. As you chew these foods, they wash harmful acids and food particles away from your teeth, thereby helping to neutralize any acid on your teeth. Acid slowly wears away the enamel on your teeth, which could lead to problems. Levens Family Dentistry suggests you eat the right foods to help fix issues caused by too much acid wearing away your teeth.
See Levens Family Dentistry
Dr. Levens can recommend dietary changes to enhance your teeth’s natural function. The staff at Levens Family Dentistry answers any questions you have regarding your dental health, including what you can eat to improve your smile. Contact us today at (719) 574-1705 or request an appointment for all of your tooth-based needs.