You are what you eat. Our doctors and even our grandmothers say that, and of course, there’s plenty of truth to that old adage. Your Mesa, AZ, dentist wants you to take the advice seriously and to realize that some diets, rather than others, are good for your teeth and gums. So here are some recommendations from Dental Care of Mesa on how to keep your smile at its very best through healthy eating.
Sugar is a bad guy and so is acid
You’re not surprised when your dentist says you and your family should avoid processed sugars and starchy foods such as white bread. Dental studies have shown that carbohydrates encourage the accumulation of harmful plaque and tartar and the enamel-eating bacteria they harbor. So, be sure to listen when your Mesa, AZ, dentist says to limit candy, soda pop, sports drinks, and desserts.
Additionally, high acid foods have a similar corrosive effect on teeth. Tomatoes (and tomato sauce), citrus fruits, coffee, and wine soften your enamel, making it prone to decay and uncomfortable dental sensitivity.
What’s the good news?
So yes, avoid sugar and acid, but what’s on the list of positives that can strengthen your teeth and keep your gums healthy and pink? Here are some great suggestions from your dentist in Mesa, AZ:
- Hydrate. Drink several glasses of plain water daily to encourage saliva production (it’s a natural antibacterial) which will rinse your teeth and gums clean.
- Increase calcium. It’s a great tooth and bone builder. Look for dark, leafy vegetables, such as kale, and of course, up your intake of dairy products such as milk, cheese, and yogurt.
- Eat multiple servings of fibrous fruits and vegetables daily. Things such as celery, apples, pears, and carrots are great choices.
- Up the lean protein. Fish, poultry, beans and legumes are good choices.
Consult ChooseMyPlate.gov from the US Department of Agriculture to learn more about diet and your best possible smile.
Is it time for your check-up?
Along with daily flossing and brushing, and that healthy diet, the American Dental Association recommends semi-annual examinations and professional cleanings with your Mesa, AZ dentist. Your trips to Dental Care of Mesa support your preventive dental habits at home. Please call the office today for an appointment: (480) 290-7777.