What is in an individual’s diet can have a profound effect on dental health. E. Scott Saltzman DMD Family and Cosmetic Dentistry wants all Triangle residents to know that it isn’t hard to reduce the risk of cavities and gum disease if a few simple dietary tips are put into place. Most people know that sugary treats and sticky candy aren’t great for teeth, but they might not know which foods actually help fight off the bacteria that causes cavities.
Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry shares four important strategies to improve dental health here in the Triangle:
- Water: People may get tired of hearing it, but drinking water really does promote all areas of health, including dental health. Sugary sodas and sweetened tea or coffee provide the breeding ground for bacteria that can help destroy tooth enamel and create cavities. Prevent feeding bacteria and promote excellent dental health by drinking plenty of water.
- Calcium-rich foods: Calcium is a mineral that strengthens teeth and bones. Adults aged 19 to 50 need 1,000 mg of calcium each day; women over 50 need 1,200 mg daily. Dairy products are low in sugar and add calcium to the diet. Some milk alternatives, such as soy, almond or rice milk, have calcium added. Additionally, dark green vegetables, salmon with bones and almonds also provide dietary calcium.
- Lean proteins: Phosphorus works with calcium to build teeth. The enamel, the outside layer of a tooth, is the hardest substance in the human body. To keep tooth enamel intact and strong, a healthy dental diet should include phosphorus-rich foods such as lean meats, fish, poultry and eggs.
- Vegetables and fruits: Vegetables and fruits play multiple roles in oral health. First, the chewing action needed to eat a carrot or an apple increases saliva production, which helps wash away the acids that damage teeth. They also provide a natural source of water and fiber and have no added sugar.
This informative post about dental health and cosmetic treatments in the Triangle is brought to you by Saltzman Family and Cosmetic Dentistry in Cary NC. Please call us for an appointment today.
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202 Town Village Drive
Cary, NC 27513
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The material contained in this blog article is intended solely for informational purposes and is not intended to be offered as medical advice in any manner or form. Always consult a dentist, doctor or licensed medical professional with any questions.