New year, new healthy teeth! Now that the holiday feasting is behind us, it’s a great time to reset your eating habits to better help your teeth. When thinking about making a lifestyle change related to eating and your diet, we encourage you to consider the impact it might have on your oral health.
The American Dental Association recommends eating a variety of foods from the five major food groups to maintain healthy teeth and gums. When it comes to keeping your teeth healthy and strong, there are four key nutrients you should be aware of: calcium, phosphorus, and vitamins C and D.
- milk, cheese and other dairy foods.
- green leafy vegetables – such as curly kale, okra and spinach.
- soya drinks with added calcium.
- bread and anything made with fortified flour.
- fish where you eat the bones – such as sardines and pilchards.
- dairy products
- citrus fruits such as lemons, limes, oranges, and grapefruit
- oily fish
- red meat
- you can also receive vitamin D from sunlight!
As you’re filling your cart with healthy foods this new year, eat for your oral health too and make sure you’re getting your daily dose of calcium, phosphorus and vitamins C and D!
Also please remember to brush twice a day, floss daily and visit your dentist regularly.