What we eat affects our minds and bodies – including our oral health. Food is fuel and if we want to perform optimally, the best fuel feeds what our bodies need to thrive. Unfortunately, bad food equates to bad fuel, which can actually harm our wellness. For example, sugar is dangerous to our overall wellbeing because it can cause spikes in blood glucose and excessive amounts of sugar contribute to obesity and diabetes, along with oral health conditions like tooth decay and gum disease.
The Best Foods for Teeth
The best foods that have a direct impact on teeth are low in acid and sugar. However, there are an abundance of foods that are both directly healthy for teeth because they are low in sugar and acid but also indirectly healthy because they promote total wellness. Nutrient dense foods are ideal. Lean proteins, superfoods like leafy greens, and properly-portioned complex carbohydrates make for excellent fuel sources for the body. When the body runs optimally, its organs function without strain. Proper nutrition is integral to cellular regeneration, too. Without proper intake of essential vitamins and minerals, our health suffers because of impaired immunity and poor cell turnover.
Following are a just a few examples of great foods for dental and overall wellness:
- Fish like salmon and tuna
- Leafy greens such as spinach and kale
- Lowfat milk
- Grains like oats
The Worst Foods for Teeth
The foods that directly affect dental structures are sugar and acid. This is because sugar literally feeds harmful oral bacteria and acid strips down the protective layer around teeth called tooth enamel. Excessive exposure to acid leaves tooth enamel unable to protect teeth from cavity-causing bacteria. Anything considered unhealthy for overall wellness would be considered indirectly unhealthy to teeth as it affects overall health.
Below are specific examples of the worst foods for teeth:
- Candies and baked goods
- Sodas and sports drinks
- Excessive amounts of citrus including grapefruit and lemon
If it’s time for a dental cleaning and checkup, call our team at Fresh Leaf Dental to make an appointment with our dentist.