Did you know that your smile needs nutrition as much as your body does? Well, it’s true! A healthy diet benefits not just your body and well being, but your teeth and gums need a healthy diet to protect them from tooth decay and gum disease. Today, Dr. Peter Cha & Danny H. Dinh would like to share some nutritional goals for your smile.
The building blocks to a healthy smile begin with dairy, protein, vegetables, and fruit. Let’s take a look!
Dairy: Cheese, milk and plain yogurt are packed with calcium and protein which builds and strengthens tooth enamel as well as your bones.
Protein: Eggs, poultry, fish, and meat provide your teeth with phosphorous. This substance rebuilds and protects your pearly whites.
Crisp Vegetables and Fruit: Apples, carrots, leafy greens, and citrus bring magnesium, vitamin A, vitamin C, beta carotene, calcium and magnesium to the table. These garden favorites also contain water and fiber which stimulate saliva production when you chew. Saliva is essential to a healthy smile because it works to wash away plaque and bacteria which promote tooth decay and gum disease. Those that contain vitamin C and other vitamins help protect the gum tissue from bacterial infection.
You can support your healthy smile by the foods you eat. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to reach out to our team in Frederick, Maryland by calling 301.663.9484 or to schedule an appointment. Our Family Smile Center LLC team is happy to help you with all of your smile care needs!