Dental implants can have many great benefits for your oral health. That being said, there are certain simple ways you can help protect your investment. A great diet is one way to help your overall health and can help keep your mouth healthy too. Here are eight great foods we recommend you add to your plate today for improved oral health:
1) Salmon: This fish contains healthy proteins that can strengthen teeth, fortify gums, and reduce inflammation. This healthy fish can also benefit your diet by adding cholesterols that improve your overall health.
2) Whole Grains: Research shows that patients who consume several servings of whole grains per day can reduce their risk of periodontal disease by up to 23 percent. Whole grains can also help reduce inflammation in the body. Add a few whole grain products with low sugar, healthy ingredients, and a label that says “100% whole grains”. Try toast or a low sugar cereal to incorporate this ingredient.
3) Almonds: Almonds are great for the health of your teeth because they contain calcium and protein with little sugar. Enjoy a quarter cup of almonds with your lunch or a handful as a snack.
4) Brown Rice: Brown rice has the same benefits as a full serving of whole grains and packs the same punch of anti-inflammatory power. Substitute brown rice for white rice or potatoes to get better teeth and gums with every bite.
5) Crunchy Fruits And Veggies: Foods like apples and carrots are crunchy and full of fiber. Eating these at the end of the meal increases saliva production in your mouth, which reduces your cavity risk. Along with being high in fiber, carrots are a great source of vitamin A. Shred some carrots for a salad or enjoy some carrots slices on their own as a snack.
6) Dairy Products: Dairy products like milk and cheese strengthen teeth, making them more resistant to plaque and tooth decay. Have a glass of milk chilled with dinner or warmed up at bedtime. You will sleep much better and improve your oral health at the same time.
7) Peanut Butter: Peanut butter can be sticky, but it also contains nutrients that are beneficial for your teeth and gums. Add it in the morning to toast or to an apple or celery snack. Just be sure to look for products without sugar and brush afterward.
8) Raisins: These tiny dried fruits often get overlooked for fresh fruits. But this food contains phytochemicals and antioxidants that eliminate the bacteria responsible for gum disease and cavities. A handful of these little snacks gives great flavor and adds many health benefits. Just avoid raisins with added sugar or ones that are covered in other sweet substances. Chocolate or yogurt can cancel out the healthy benefits.
9) Leafy Greens: Leafy green veggies are full of vitamins and minerals while also being low in calories. Greens like kale and spinach also promote good oral health because they are high in calcium, which builds your teeth’s enamel. They also contain folic acid, a type of B vitamin that has numerous health benefits, including possibly treating gum disease in pregnant women. If you have trouble getting leafy greens into your diet, add a handful of baby spinach to your next salad or throw some kale on a pizza. You can also try adding some greens to a smoothie to mask the taste or appearance.
10) Green Tea: These healthy liquids contain compounds called polyphenols that have been shown to slow the growth of bacteria associated with cavities and gum disease. Patients who regularly consume green teas often have less plaque buildup on their teeth than people who drink other beverages. Green tea can also undermine the ability of some bacteria to clump together with other bacteria. This helps improve your overall oral health.
The friendly staff at Heartland Endodontics & Periodontics would love to help you restore your unattractive damaged teeth with natural-looking dental implants. Additionally, fixing gaps between your teeth can reduce the risk of oral infection and bring back your self-confidence. We are here to answer any questions that you may have about the dental implants process, implant candidacy, or payment options. Call our Sebring, FL office today to schedule a dental implant consultation with Dr. Kirsch.
Dr. Michael Kirsch
4660 Lakeview Drive
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