Your Diet Is Important To A Healthy Mouth

Are you eating what is considered; good for the health of your teeth?

In this article, you will find out the food that can promote a healthy status of your teeth and gums.

You already know that sticky candy and gooey is never good for your teeth. But regarding your diet and your teeth, what you must eat is as important as what you must not eat.

A dentist in private practice in Baltimore and a spokesperson for the Academy of General Dentistry, George Shepley, DDS, says “Variety and moderation are the major keys to the diet that boosts healthy teeth.” You should at all times strive for a moderate and balanced plate that contains different options of food from this five major food classes: vegetables, fruits, dairy, grains, and protein. “Limiting or eliminating any of this food classes can lead to deficiencies from vitamin or mineral, which will, consequently, affect your oral health.”

Poor nutrition can deteriorate the immune system of your teeth and can expose you to oral health problems like gum disease.

Here are nine best things to eat and drink for healthy teeth:

Water. Plain water the best liquid for hydration — and it is good for your oral health, too. “It is generally advisable to drink water after eating sugary foods because it helps in rinsing food particles from the teeth,” Shepley says. “It helps to dilute the acids produced from bacteria that converts the sugar into acid.” It is also recommended to drink water that has fluoride content to help strengthen the teeth, most especially children. According to research published in February 2015 Caries Research Journal, it was discovered that adding fluoride to the local water supply helped reduce the level of tooth decay in children.  You can check with your local water company to be sure your tap water contains fluoride. If you prefer bottled water, find out if it contains fluoride by simply checking the bottle label. But, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, bottled water manufacturers aren’t generally obligated to include fluoride amounts on the label. So, ask the manufacturer about the fluoride content in your preferred bottled water.


Milk contains calcium, protein, and vitamin D. And this helps the body to absorb calcium better.

Deficiency of Vitamin D can result to a painful condition whereby a person will have the feeling of a burning sensation in his/her tongue, lips, palate, or every area of the mouth; this is also known as burning mouth syndrome, Shepley says.

Lean protein.

Add a healthy amount of lean cuts of meat, fish, poultry, etc. in your diet. Protein is essential for your body, and the phosphorus these foods contains is important for your teeth. Phosphorus is very important for the protection of the enamel, the defensive layer on the teeth. Fish and Chicken enhance niacin (vitamin B3), while almonds and other series of nut will provide riboflavin (vitamins, B12, and iron), all of these are very important for the healthy state of the teeth and gums.

Sweet potatoes.

This particular nutrient-rich root vegetable is recommended by Shepley, because, they are a great source of vitamin A, which helps in protecting the enamel on the teeth and warding off cavities.

Cheese and other dairy foods.

Cheese is also a good choice of food if you must have healthy teeth, because, it is rich in calcium and protein, and it moderates the level of acidity, Shepley states. Protein is essential for growth, and calcium is also important for the strength of the teeth. “Yogurt is also a good choice because it has a high concentration of probiotics, which boosts healthy bacteria.”

Leafy greens and crunchy produce.

Spinach, kale, and other varieties of leafy greens provide a healthy quantity of nutrients for the teeth and gums. Spinach is rich in vitamin A, B2, and B12. It is also recommended to eat a crunchy apple, celery, or carrots to promote the production of saliva, which helps in diluting acids and the removal of debris from the teeth.


Both black and green teas can stop the development of the harmful bacteria in the mouth. Green teas also supply antioxidants, which promote the overall oral health.

Oranges, strawberries, and other Vitamin-C-rich fruits and veggies.

Vitamin C can boost healthy gums and quickly heal wounds. A severe vitamin C deficiency can also result in loose teeth or bleeding gums.

Sugar-free gum.

Chew a stick of sugar-free gum at the interval of every food. Chewing sugar-free gum will help stimulate the saliva and clean the teeth. Also, avoid chewing gum for long periods of time to prevent the jaw from getting sore.


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