At this time, we want to remind patients that a healthy diet can improve oral health, as well as brushing and flossing twice a day. Dr. Izadi and Dr. Rafat are now taking virtual dentistry appointments. You can schedule a virtual consultation on our website. Our practice incorporates holistic dentistry, which concerns not only your oral health but your physical wellness.
Avoid Sugary Foods and Drinks
Tooth decay is caused by bacteria that feed on sugar. A diet that is high in sugar can be a risk factor when it comes to tooth decay and cavities. After eating something sugary, it is important to clean your mouth. Drinking water, brushing your teeth, and even chewing a piece of sugar-free gum can help wash residual sugar out of the mouth and clean teeth. Sugary foods and drinks are okay in moderation; however, it is important to clean your mouth after eating or drinking sugary products. Fruits are rich in nutrients but they are also rich in sugar. Brush your teeth whether you’re eating candy or fruit as both can cause tooth decay and even gum disease if teeth are not taken care of properly.
Enjoy Dairy Products
Dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt are rich sources of calcium and protein. These are great at strengthening teeth. Cultured dairy such as yogurt can give an extra benefit. The probiotic nature of cultured foods helps good bacteria to crowd out bad decay-causing bacteria in your mouth.
Eat Your Vegetables
Vegetables are not only a healthy staple but also a great source of nutrients and minerals you need. Leafy greens like spinach and kale are rich in folic acid, a nutrient that has been shown to reduce tooth decay, as well as calcium, which strengthens bones and teeth. Crunchy vegetables such as carrots and celery have high water content and help clean out sugars and bacteria. Their crunchy texture also scrapes teeth clean as you chew.