As an International Academy of Oral Medicine and Toxicology-trained, biocompatible dentist, it’s my goal to provide a minimally-invasive approach to dentistry while considering your overall body health. In order to be minimally invasive, I like to educate my patients on the value of prevention.
I’m a prosthodontist, so believe me, I would love to make you a new pair of dentures. But, I would much rather spend our appointments complimenting you on your healthy teeth and helping you create your dream smile. Those kind of visits are way more pleasant for both of us. At my Woodland Hills dental practice, I usually begin our prevention discussion with the importance of proper brushing and flossing techniques. In addition to good oral hygiene, however, diet can also be extremely important to prevent dental complications.
Eat Your Fruits and Vegetables!
I’m sure your mom has told you this at some point, but as a health professional, I’m telling you that your mom was right. Consuming more fruits and vegetables in your diet has a wide range of health benefits, including boosting aspects of your oral health. Here are a few that can help create an overall healthier mouth:
- Strawberries – With the onset of summer, it’s strawberry season. Finding them at a decent price shouldn’t be too hard. Strawberries are rich in vitamin C, which is an antioxidant vitamin that helps protect gums and mouth tissues from cell damage. Vitamin C has also been shown to be effective in fighting bacterial infections, which your mouth is constantly battling.
- Spinach – Most people are aware that drinking milk can help strengthen bones and teeth. This is mostly because of the calcium milk contains. What most people don’t know is that the majority of American diets are calcium deficient. Additionally, a large number of children and adults can’t consume milk because of lactose intolerance or allergies. Ounce for ounce, spinach contains nearly as much calcium as dairy milk. When your body doesn’t get the calcium it needs, it begins to leech the mineral from your teeth and bones, which can cause an increased risk of cavities and lower bone density. Munching on raw or cooked spinach can help your body sustain good oral and bone health.
- Carrots – Many people are somewhat familiar with the way carrots can benefit the health of your eyes, but did you also know that carrots are great for your teeth? Carrots are especially rich in vitamins A and K, which are both essential to help your body build healthy tooth enamel. Vitamin K also helps the production of the protein osteocalcin, which assists your body with drawing calcium into the teeth.
- Celery – Considered an “abrasive” food, celery can help clean the surface of your teeth while eating it. This is because of celery’s high fiber content. Like several other fibrous foods, celery also takes a bit of time to chew and swallow, which helps promote the secretion of saliva and a more balanced pH level in your mouth. Try it with a little peanut butter for a healthy snack!
Remember to Brush Your Teeth!
Eating a diet that contains a lot of fruit and vegetables can increase the amount of fructose in your mouth, so it’s also important to remember to brush after eating the aforementioned foods. Keep your mouth healthier by feeding your body the right foods and preventing oral complications becomes a little bit easier.