March is National Nutrition Month and the time to start thinking about what you eat and how it affects your dental health. Having healthy eating habits is important to our dental health. Choosing nutritious foods can play a major role in preventing gum disease and tooth decay.
Some Dietary Guidelines to follow include:
- Foods Rich in Calcium – Choose foods such as milk, cheese and dairy products that are calcium rich and help protect teeth from acid and decay.
- Fruits and Vegetables – Nutritious fruits and vegetables can freshen your breath and help eliminate plaque. Studies indicate that cranberries stop the formation of plaque. Buy locally grown fresh fruits and vegetables and try something new.
- Drink Water – Water can help rinse away those acidic and sugary foods that cause problems.
- Limit Sugar and Acidic Foods – Foods high in sugar or acid can damage your teeth by forming plaque. By limiting your intake of these foods and beverages, you not only help your teeth, but your whole body.
Remember to brush and floss after meals to remove food particles that can be harmful to your teeth. Contact us at Brogdon Dental if you have any thoughts or concerns about your teeth. We are here to help answer any questions you might have.
By eating a diet rich in healthy foods, you not only help your body and your heart, but your mouth as well. Small changes can make a big difference!