Most of our patients know that brushing, flossing, and seeing a dentist regularly are excellent ways to maintain healthy teeth and gums. Additionally, since healthy teeth and gums are major prerequisites for dental implant candidacy, good oral health is absolutely essential if you are considering dental implants. Although most people know about the benefits of good basic dental hygiene, many do not know that certain foods and beverages can also improve your teeth and gums. Here are ten foods and drinks that can supplement your diet and create a healthier mouth.
1) Whole Grains
Clinical studies show that the regular consumption of whole grains reduces the risk of periodontal disease by as much as 25 percent. Whole grains also reduce inflammation and help keep gums healthy. Be sure you look for the words “whole grain” on packaging and stay away from corn syrup and sugar. Try whole grain toast, wraps, bagels, or cereals to get your whole grains.
2) Ugli Fruit
This unique citrus fruit is filled with Vitamin C, Vitamin B, and fiber, as well as gum-strengthening vitamins. The fruit itself tastes like a blend of grapefruit, oranges, and tangerine. It can be eaten alone, added to salads, or in a stir-fry.
Raisins contain little things called phytochemicals, which reduce the bacteria that can cause gum disease and cavities. We suggest trying this fruit as a healthy snack (mixed with peanut butter is nice) or mixing it with salads.
4) Brown Rice
Just like whole grains, brown rice can help decreases the risk of gum disease and create a healthier mouth. Consume at least two servings per day and substitute it for potatoes or pasta. Eat brown rice with veggies, in a stir-fry, or in soups.
5) Crunchy Veggies
Crunchy vegetables like carrots and celery can help keep teeth and gums healthy. These veggies can help remove plaque and provide critical nutrients. Try veggies with a yummy cheese dip or some hummus.
6) Peanut Butter
This creamy food is exceptionally good for fortifying gums and strengthening teeth. Be sure to get an organic brand with no sugar, corn syrup, or preservatives. Get your peanut butter fix on a traditional pb&j or with celery and raisins.
7) Dairy Products
Dairy products are another food that can help keep teeth and gums strong. Additionally, these products can help teeth to resist disease, infection, and tooth decay. This means that you should get a few doses of dairy with each meal for better oral health. Try a glass with meals or as part of a delicate dip.
Consumption of this mild pink fish helps reduce inflammation and the risk of heart disease. To reap the benefits, have a few servings per week on salads, alone, or in delicious sandwiches.
9) Green Tea
The ingredients in green tea aid with brain function, boost fat loss, and help reduce the risk of cardiovascular disease, Type II diabetes, and Alzheimer’s Disease. Recent studies have also linked good dental health to regular consumption of green tea. Ingredients may also reduce inflammation in the body and keep your mouth resistant to oral diseases. Try a green tea smoothie or alone with some honey throughout the day.
10) Products With Fluoride
Many beverages, some kinds of soups, and oatmeal contain fluoride which can greatly benefit teeth and gums by keeping them strong and decay resistant.
The first step on the path to getting a great smile is to brush, floss, and visit your dentist regularly. Once these steps are done, be sure to eat the healthy foods listed above to ensure your teeth and gums stay healthy and strong. The final step in your smile transformation is to replace your less-than-perfect teeth with beautiful dental implants! If you live in the Havre de Grace, MD area and beyond, Dr. Grubb may be able to restore a brilliant smile with amazing dental implants. Still have questions about the dental implant placement process or how you can finance your new dental implants? Please feel free to read through the rest of our helpful website or speak to one of our knowledgeable staff members today. Contact our office now to schedule your consultation with Dr. Grubb.
Richard V. Grubb
203 S. Washington St.
Havre de Grace, MD 21078
Monday: 8AM – 4PM
Tuesday: 9AM – 6PM
Wednesday: 8AM – 4PM
Thursday: 8AM – 4PM
Saturday: 8AM – 1PM (once a month)