Most people are aware of the connection between good oral hygiene and one's general health. But what very few people know is that the foods we eat also have an important effect on the health of our teeth. Of course, it's not news that sugar is bad for your oral health, but the connection is more significant than this. 

The consumption of foods rich in nutrients has a beneficial effect on the health of our teeth and gums.

A rich diet that includes vegetables, fruits, protein-rich foods, grains, and dairy is the perfect recipe for enviable oral health.

This together with preventive care can ensure that your teeth are healthy and free of decay. 

How Does Nutrition Affect Dental Health?

All the foods we eat have a negative or positive effect on our teeth and gums and it all has to do with the ingredients they contain.

For example, food that contains large amounts of sugar, consumed in excess, can lead to tooth decay. But, it's not just sugar. A diet poor in nutrients can also affect the health of your teeth.

If you often consume foods or drinks with high acidic content, then that can affect your teeth's enamel and lead to decay in the long term. If you have a low calcium intake, that also can affect your oral health as calcium phosphate is a primary mineral in your teeth enamel. 

What Nutrients Help to Maintain Healthy Teeth?

If you want to get an adequate amount of nutrients from your meals, try to eat as many of the following foods as possible.

1. Calcium-rich foods:

  • Low-fat milk
  • Yogurt
  • Cheese
  • Tofu
  • Almonds

Due to the large amount of calcium they contain, these foods are optimal for the health of your teeth and bones.

2. Foods rich in phosphorus

  • Fish
  • Dairy
  • Nuts
  • Lean meat

This mineral is optimal for healthy teeth.

3. Foods rich in vitamin C:

  • Tomatoes
  • Peppers
  • Broccoli
  • Potatoes

Vitamin C stimulates gum health.

Best Practices for a Healthy Smile

In addition to adequate nutrient intake, there are other methods of ensuring oral health, such as:

  • Brushing your teeth every day, at least twice a day;
  • Flossing;
  • Use a toothpaste that contains fluoride;
  • Keep the consumption of sugary foods to a minimum;
  • Visit your dentist regularly for routine cleanings;
  • Don't forget to hydrate. 

All these tips can ensure you a healthy and enviable smile, as well as improved overall health.

Get Superior Preventive Care with Tuttle Family Dentistry 

 A balanced diet and proper oral hygiene can only do so much in keeping your oral health. If you want to ensure that your smile stays bright and healthy, then preventive care from Tuttle Family Dentistry is a wise choice. We offer state-of-the-art technology and a safe and comfortable environment for our patients. 

Give us a call now to schedule your appointment with one of our doctors.