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What are the Best Foods for Good for Oral Health?

Posted on January 27th, 2022

Most people know the basics about diet and oral health. Dentists and hygienists at Perinton Dental have done a great job educating on foods to avoid. In fact, if you come and see us and you have a cavity, we will remind you of the foods and drinks that can put you at higher risk for decay. But are there also foods and drinks good for your teeth? Can we use our diet to help our mouth and not just avoid things that hurt it? We say YES! Keep reading for all the insider tips on what foods can help keep your mouth healthy and teeth strong.

According to the American Dental Association (ADA)

According to the ADA, there are several foods and drinks that can help strengthen teeth or avoid putting your mouth at higher risk for dental issues, like decay. Here are the ADA’s 5 suggested healthy foods and drinks.

Nuts are nutritious

Nuts are both high in protein and low in carbohydrates. They provide healthy fats for the overall health of the body and are a less risky snack as they are lower in carbs than say crackers or chips. The three lowest carb options are hazelnuts (4g/per serving), macadamia nuts (5g/ serving), and Brazil nuts ( 4g/ serving). Bacteria that cause decay LOVE carbohydrates, so nuts are a great option! 

Fruits and veggies for the win

With a great amount of fiber and water, fruits and veggies can scrub away plaque and increase saliva flow, protecting your teeth from bad bacteria. 

Lots of lean protein

Lean protein like chicken and fish contain phosphorus supports calcium for healthy teeth. Lean proteins are also great for overall health and wellness. 

Dairy is delightful

Dairy products like cheese, milk, and yogurt contain high levels of calcium. Calcium is important for healthy teeth. Also, choosing plain options provide a sugar-free, protein-packed snack. 

Water, water, water

Water is the best option for maintaining a healthy oral environment. Water is neutral on the pH scale and if you live in an area with fluoridated water, your teeth get extra protection. However, if you have fluoridated water, you need to drink from the tap to reap the benefits. Bottled water does not contain fluoride, and can be acidic

Bonus Healthy Mouth Options

According to the University of Rochester Medical Center, there are a few bonus foods and drinks you can consume guilt-free! 

Bonus 1:  Green and black tea

If you are tired of drinking plain water, grab a cup of tea! Tea is also neutral and they contain polyphenols that interact with bacteria that can either kill them or prevent them from growing or making more acid. 

 Bonus 2: Sugar-free gum 

Chewing sugar-free gum can help stimulate saliva production, which is your mouth’s #1 defense against cavity-causing bacteria. You can also suck on sugar-free candies. If you have a dry mouth, this is especially important as dry mouth can put you at higher risk for gum disease and decay. 

While your diet can help your oral health, a healthy diet does not guarantee healthy teeth. Make sure you brush and floss and see your dentist regularly.

 

The content of this blog is not intended to be a substitute for professional medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment. Always seek the advice of qualified health providers with questions you may have regarding medical conditions.

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