Mouth health is about more than dental hygiene. It is also dependant upon how you fuel your smile. The food you eat has a direct impact on how well your mouth functions as a system. Here are some things to consider as you develop a mouth-healthy diet.
Foods to Avoid: Avoid sticky, starchy, sugary, and acidic foods. Seem like a long list? Don’t worry, you can still eat them sometimes. Just be smart about it. When you do choose to eat such foods, follow some basic tooth sense. For sticky and starchy foods: the prolonged contact with the tooth can wear away enamel and feed bacteria, therefore, try to clear food particles and debris as soon as possible. Drink a lot of water, and try chewing sugarless gum for 20 minutes after eating to stimulate saliva flow. Sugary foods feed bacteria that cause cavities and should be avoided as much as possible for both oral and overall health. Follow the same procedures as with sticky and starchy foods. Acid foods are damaging to your teeth because they wear away the enamel directly. Eat or drink these with a large glass of water, and be sure to clear your mouth as soon as possible. After eating–especially acidic foods–your mouth is more sensitive to abrasion. Therefore, avoid brushing your teeth immediately after eating. Try sugar-free gum instead.
Food to Fill Up On: As you fill your diet with lean meats and other proteins, whole wheat and grains, fruits, vegetables, and dairy products, your mouth will thank you. Not only are they delicious, but they provide vitamins and other nutrients that your mouth needs to stay healthy. Pay particular attention to foods that are rich in calcium and phosphorous, such as cheese. Try different kinds–goat cheese has more protein and calcium per serving, fewer calories, and tastes great!
For more information about a mouth-healthy diet, call Drs. Toenjes, Brizzee and Orme at 208-624-3757. If you are in the St. Anthony, Idaho area, be sure to call Dr. John Toenjes and our team to set up an appointment today!