Are you familiar with the saying “You are what you eat”?
The idea is that putting fried, sugary, fatty, highly processed, and nutritionless foods into your body will not do you any favors. You may not just become sluggish and overweight—but you also run the risk of developing heart issues, high blood pressure, type 2 diabetes, asthma, certain cancers, depression, and much more. In fact, the saying’s never been more true than when it comes to our teeth: eating unhealthy foods also leads to tooth decay and bad breath!
What foods are good for your teeth? When you think about it, it’s no coincidence that the foods that are good for your body are also good for your teeth and gums. After all, food and drink pass through the mouth first. But certain “dental superfoods” can have a real impact on your oral health. What are they, and what do they do? You may be surprised by what’s on the list in addition to the usual healthy selections you’d expect to see.
The infographic below, created by one of our dental students, offers a good checklist of what foods are good for your teeth and why you should include these in your diet:
Note that all of these dental superfoods contain vitamins, minerals, or antioxidants that affect tooth and gum health:
In most instances, following a healthy diet that includes foods for teeth health will naturally provide these essential vitamins, minerals, and antioxidants. But talk to a Penn Dental Medicine dentist or your doctor if you have any concerns about your levels before taking any supplements.
When you eat healthy foods, you’ll not only reduce the chance of developing health risks or lessen their effects, but you’ll feel better, too. You’ll have more energy to go about your daily activities. And you may also find that you have better digestion, get a better night’s sleep, and feel more positive. Take a look at this dental “superfoods” infographic to make it easy to keep track of the best foods for your teeth.
In addition to a healthy diet, a large part of good oral health is visiting your dentist twice a year for cleanings and exams. Philadelphia’s Penn Dental Medicine is committed to providing affordable, patient-centered dental care through our coordinated health-care team of faculty, students, and staff. Download our helpful chart, “The Evidence You Need to Pick the Right Dentist,” to learn more about all we can do for you. Then, please don’t hesitate to schedule an appointment when you’re ready. We look forward to talking more about dental superfoods soon.