How Your Diet Impacts Your Oral Health

How Your Diet Impacts Your Oral HealthLawson, MO dentist Dr. Kanning encourages our patients to practice oral hygiene and maintain a healthy diet to help protect their oral health. Your overall health is directly related to your oral health, and what you eat can make an impact. While eating a balanced and healthy diet is essential for your overall health, there are certain foods that may actually improve the health of your teeth and gums.

Your Diet & Oral Health

If you are trying to lose weight, feel more alert or just brighten up your smile, the foods you eat can help. Foods high in sugar and acid can be detrimental to our teeth. Many people know that coffee, and wine can stain your teeth, and a diet high in citrus may weaken your enamel. But, did you know that some natural foods may help whiten or strengthen your enamel?

  • Foods High in Fiber: Fiber is great for your health. Fiber can help scrub away staining agents and can clean away sugar build up. Fibrous fruits and vegetables may take more effort to chew, increasing saliva production. Fruits and vegetables such as apples, carrots, and celery are high in fiber.
  • Baking Soda & Strawberries: For a great at home natural teeth whitening remedy, try pureeing some strawberries and mixing it with a tablespoon of baking soda. Brush your teeth with the mixture once a week for whiter appearing teeth. Baking soda can help remove build up on and in between your teeth and strawberries have some natural whitening properties.
  • Eat Cheese: It is true! Cheese is good for your oral health. Hard Cheeses especially may actually help to fight the development of cavities. Eating cheese creates a higher pH level in the saliva which helps prevent cavity development. Cheese also contains high levels of calcium for strong bones and teeth.

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Eating a healthy diet should be used as a part of your preventive dental plan. Brushing, flossing, and biannual dental checkups at our Lawson dentist office can help protect your oral health. Dr. Kanning and Dr. Kanning provide a full range of cosmetic and restorative procedures for your complete oral health. If you want to learn more about preventative dental health and what dental treatments can help restore your beautiful smile contact our Lawson dentist office.