Did you know that your diet plays a crucial role in determining your dental health? The foods you choose to eat every day have either a positive or a negative impact on your health. Here are some general guidelines to keep your smile bright and healthy:
- Eat plenty of calcium. You probably already know that calcium is good for your bones. Consuming adequate levels of calcium can keep your teeth strong as you age. Look for good sources of calcium, which include dairy products such as milk and yogurt, and also certain foods such as almonds.
- Avoid excessive sugar. Sugar promotes dental decay and can lead to a myriad of dental problems. Steering clear of sugar in the modern culinary scene can be difficult. Focus on healthy foods such as fruits, vegetables, and whole grains that also provide important nutrients for your oral health.
- Avoid acidic foods. Foods with excessive amounts of acid can damage your teeth over time. If you do drink soda or if you consume a dish with lots of vinegar, be sure to rinse your teeth with water or brush your teeth following the meal.
- Drink plenty of water. Water rinses your smile of debris, and is a much healthier choice for your teeth than soda or juice.
If you care for your smile properly, your teeth can stay healthy and strong for years. If you have any more questions about your diet, or about anything else you can do to benefit your smile. please feel free to give us a call at 586-685-0880. Dr. McKinley, Dr. McKinley-Holloway, and our team look forward to hearing from you soon!